Public Administration Quarterly Vol. 25 No. 3

Virtue Ethics: A Policy Recommendation

Thomas D. Lynch
Louisiana State University
Cynthia E. Lynch
Southern University

This article presents a moral intervention theory designed to morally upgrade ethical 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 four organizations. The article explains the theory in such a way that other researchers can go the next step of empirically testing the theory to determinate its validity and usefulness.

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