The Relationship Between Ethics, Motivations Of Public Employees, And Decision Making

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ETHICS, MOTIVATIONS OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, AND DECISION MAKING
The Relationship between Ethics and Motivation
It is known that the public administration is a bureaucracy which is the concept from Max Weber. Weber claimed that there is a connection between organizational structure and personality. He strongly believe that bureaucracy is the most efficient and powerful system. I quite agree with Winston Churchill 's statement. He said that
"We do not love bureaucracy, but we need it, at least until we devise workable alternative organizational schemes that permit us to retain the features of bureaucracy that we embrace eagerly – predictability and stability, rationality, reliance on expertise, equitable treatment – while discarding the features we hate – rigidity, inability to deal with special needs, and a setting of barriers between officialdom and citizens.” (Bozeman 2000: 19)
How do the ethics connect to the public service motivation? Most people may assume that the public employees or bureaucrats have a high moral and ethics; because they work for the public interest. However, there is not clear result from the research support that a strong public service motivation is something positive. In addition, this motivation may lead to unethical conduct. It is interesting when Demmke and Moilanen conclude that public motivation theories should not be mixed with public ethics theories. Both theories have the different values. The important point is,…

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