The Convention Theory And Practice Of Administrative Ethics

820 WordsNov 16, 20154 Pages
Thompson asserts that, “Administrative ethics involves the application of moral principles to the conduct of officials in organizations” (1985, p. 523). In order to ensure an administrator is acting morally, they must seek out the policy which best serves everyone’s interest. Thompson claims however, that in order to ensure administrative ethics we must reject both the ethic of neutrality and the ethic of structure in order for administrative ethics to be remotely possible. According to Thompson, “The convention theory and practice of administrative ethics holds that administrators should carry out the orders of their superiors and the policies of the agency and the government they serve. On this view, administrators are ethically neutral in the sense that they do not exercise independent moral judgement” (1985, p. 524). The ideal administrator, which is portrayed by the ethics of neutrality claims that an individual should always seek to follow the goals of the organization and never include their own personal values while trying to fulfill these goals. However, although administrators are allowed to administer their discretion when formulating a policy, the ethics of neutrality states that the administrator should seek to discover what their superiors intended for their policy; therefore, they should not use any other moral principles besides that of the organization and superior to who your are responsible to. Once a decision is final, is the job of the
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