Quality of Governance

Values and Violations

  • Hester Paanakker
  • Adam Masters
  • Leo Huberts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hester Paanakker, Adam Masters, Leo Huberts
      Pages 3-24
  3. Institutionalizing Values in Governance Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Neal D. Buckwalter, Danny L. Balfour
      Pages 27-43
    3. Ciarán O’Kelly, Melvin J. Dubnick
      Pages 45-79
    4. Sabina Schnell
      Pages 81-101
  4. Translating Values in Practitioner Behavior

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Adam Masters, Hester Paanakker, Leo Huberts
      Pages 237-247
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-259

About this book


“This volume arrives at a time when governance faces new, often dire, challenges and as traditional democratic values strain against the rise of populism and anti-government sentiment. This book should be read by anyone interested the values bases of governance and in exploring good ideas about how to improve policy and management.”
Barry Bozeman, Arizona State University, USA 

“Public governance matters. It touches almost every aspect of our lives, from the most mundane to the most important. This book examines some of thorniest values and issues for 21st century governance, which are crucially important for practice and research on the quality of governance.”
Tina Nabatchi, Syracuse University, USA

“This volume provides an overview of key themes and theories about the quality of governance. Many of the field's most thoughtful scholars have contributed chapters on the positive and problematic dimensions of good governance. This book is a must read for scholars, students, and practitioners.”
Zeger van der Wal, National University of Singapore / Leiden University, the Netherlands

This volume unravels the meaning of public values for the quality of governance, for good and bad governance, and examines their significance in governance practices. It addresses public values in context, in different countries, policy sectors and levels of governance. A series of in-depth studies casts a critical eye over eight central values: democratic legitimacy, accountability, transparency, integrity, lawfulness, effectiveness, professionalism and craftsmanship, and robustness. How does integrity or lawfulness contribute to the accomplishment and preservation of quality, and what happens if we fail to address it adequately? This unique exercise yields important lessons on the differences in normative interpretation and application of often abstract values in the demanding administrative settings of today. Practitioners, scholars and students of public administration and political science will find the volume a vital resource.

Hester Paanakker is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 

Adam Masters is Lecturer in Criminology at the Australian National University, Australia.

Leo Huberts is Professor of Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


governance governance public values quality of governance democracy legitimacy bureaucracy accountability governance relations transparency integrity impartiality incorruptibility good governance integrity violations lawfulness administrative reform effectiveness service quality public-private partnerships

Editors and affiliations

  • Hester Paanakker
    • 1
  • Adam Masters
    • 2
  • Leo Huberts
    • 3
  1. 1.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centre for Social Research and MethodsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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