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Unformatted text preview: f government, by a profession, by an organization, or by an association representing a class of organizations (Benson, 1991). Codes may be general or specific, aspirational and idealistic, or coercive and legalistic (Chandler, 1983; Lewis, 1991). They may be a list of 10 golden rules to hang on a wall, or they may be part of an elaborate system of education and training, enforcement, and continuous revision (Menzel, 1997). Why Code of Ethics? Why Codes are coming into the forefront of the discussion of public sector ethics for several compelling reasons. First, there is an explosion of codification going on in society (Bruce 1996), explained in part by the growing importance of legalistic approaches to administration (Rosenbloom, 1992), in part by the penetration of the professionals into government, bringing with them the values and oftentimes the codes of ethics operationalizing their value systems (Jos, 1995). Why Code of Eth...
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