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The commitment of public sector Sweden to codes of ethics

Göran Svensson (School of Management and Economics, Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden, )
Greg Wood (Bowater School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia)
Michael Callaghan (Bowater School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

This article examines the results of a study conducted of the top 100 public sector units in Sweden. These units are comprised of entities of government, municipalities, and county councils. The aim of the study was to examine and describe the commitment to codes of ethics in these Swedish public sector units. This article reports on the responses of those public sector units that possessed a code of ethics. The construct of commitment was measured by a consideration of the inputs, objectives and outputs of the code across six areas. The commitment to codes of ethics has an interest for those involved in the public sector in Sweden and society in general. Most public sector units are in the early stages of development and assimilation into overall ethics policies in code artefacts. On a specific level there are customized codes of ethics that are not always documented in a generic artefact. Theoretical and managerial implications are provided. Furthermore, suggestions for further research are proposed.

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Citation

Svensson, G., Wood, G. and Callaghan, M. (2004), "The commitment of public sector Sweden to codes of ethics", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 302-331. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550410539802

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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