Conflict of interest in policing and the public sector

Boyce, Gordon and Davids, Cindy 2009, Conflict of interest in policing and the public sector, Public management review, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 601-640, doi: 10.1080/14719030902798255.

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Title Conflict of interest in policing and the public sector
Author(s) Boyce, Gordon
Davids, Cindy
Journal name Public management review
Volume number 11
Issue number 5
Start page 601
End page 640
Total pages 40
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2009-09
ISSN 1471-9037
Summary Conflicts of interest are a key factor in the contemporary decline of trust in government and public institutions, eroding public trust in government and democratic systems. Drawing on two unique empirical studies involving policing and the broader public sector, this paper explores the meaning and dimensions of conflict of interest by examining public complaints about conflict of interest and providing distinctive insights into the nature of conflict of interest as a problem for public sector ethics. The paper analyses and explores appropriate regulatory and management approaches for conflict of interest, focusing on three elements: (1) dealing with private interests that are identifiably problematic in the way they clash with the duties of public officials; (2) managing conflicts as they arise in the course of public sector work (manifested in preferential and adverse treatment, and other problematic areas); and (3) developing ethical and accountable organisational cultures. It is concluded that effective and meaningful public sector ethics in the pursuit of the public interest must be based on an ethos of social accountability and a commitment to prioritise the public interest in both fact and appearance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14719030902798255
Field of Research 150102 Auditing and Accountability
160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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