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Seven principles of public life: time to rethink.

Spicker, Paul


Paul Spicker


The Seven Principles of Public Life, developed by the Nolan Committee, claim to be concerned with the development of an ethical culture, but they have been imposed by central authority. The principles are muddled and unclear, but beyond that they have signally failed to relate to many of the key ethical issues which have arisen in public services in the intervening period. This paper reviews both some of the alternative principles that might be considered, and the possibility of a different approach based on virtue ethics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Public money and management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 11-18
Institution Citation SPICKER, P. 2014. Seven principles of public life: time to rethink. Public money and management [online], 34(1), pages 11-18. Available from:
Keywords Ethics; Principles; Public offices; Standards of public life


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