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Virtue Ethics: A Policy Recommendation

PAQ, Vol. 25 No. 4, (2002)

This article presents a moral intervention theory designed to morally upgrade ethical thought and moral behavior in public administration. The theory is based on bringing virtue ethics into the public management arena using a ONENESS ethical paradigm firmly rooted in the literature of public administration. The theory suggests four key independent variables that would lead to the desired moral upgrading of our organizations. The article explains the theory in such a way that other researchers can go the next step of empirically testing the theory to determine its validity and usefulness.

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