“Power and the Ethics of Reform.” with Ciaran O'Kelly. In: Ethics in Public Management, 2nd edition, edited by H. George Frederickson and Richard K.Ghere. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2013: 59-88.

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This paper makes the case for an approach to administrative ethics that regards it as a form of political power within contexts of organization and organizational change (reform). After articulating the logic of this perspective, it is applied to two cases of reform (No Child Left Behind in the US and National Health Service reform in the UK) where reformers have used the power of metrics and high-stakes accountability to force change -- and in the process have altered the respective ethical landscapes.


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