The Possibility of Administrative Ethics in Hong Kong

  • Terry T. Lui
Part of the Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy book series (SEEP)


Within the realm of applied ethics, one of the areas which has captured the attention of scholars and practitioners relates to the moral responsibility of public officials. The subject has appeared in the literature on politics and public administration under different labels, such as “administrative ethics”, “bureaucratic morality” and “public service ethics”. As a burgeoning field of inquiry, the study of administrative ethics is still in a state of flux. Nonetheless, in the midst of an “identity crisis” (Sheeran, 1993, p. ix), it is possible to discern some general themes which have characterised mainstream academic discourse on the subject.


Civil Servant Public Administration Special Administrative Region Public Administrator Legislative Council 
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