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such as race, social class, or nationality.
36 Challenge to Administrative Ethics The direct challenge to administrative ethics comes from
The those who admit that morality is perfectly possible in
private life but deny that it is possible in organizational life.
private The challenge is that by its very nature administration
precludes the exercise of moral judgment.
precludes It consists of two basic objections-the first calls into
question the subject of the judgment (who may judge); the
second, the object of judgment (who is judged).
second, The first asserts that administrators ought to act
neutrally in the sense that they should follow not their
own moral principles but the decisions and policies of
the organization. This is the ethic of neutrality.
37 Challenge to Administrative Ethics The second asserts that not administrators but the
The organization (and its formal officers) should be held
responsible for its decisions and policies. This is the
ethic of structure.
ethic Each is called an ethic because it expresses certain
norms and prescribes conduct.
norms But neither constitutes an ethic or a morality because
each denies one of the presuppositions of moral
judgment-either a person to judge or a person to be
judged. The rest of the discussion is covered in the Article ‘
The Possibility of Administrative Ethics’ (1985)
published in PAR (Available in the L drive).
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