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Public sector ethics in Sweden: a 4P‐model of internal and external determinants in codes of ethics

Göran Svensson (Associate Professor at the School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden. Tel: +46 35 16 71 00, E‐mail: goran.svensson@set.hh.se)
Greg Wood (Bowater School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Warrnambool, Australia. Tel: (61) 03 55 633 538, Fax: (61) 03 55 633 320, E‐mail: gwood@deakin.edu.au)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This article summarizes and aggregates the results of a study conducted of the largest 100 public sector organizations derived from three categories in Sweden. These categories of organizations comprise 40 entities of government, 40 municipalities, and 20 county councils. The objective was to describe the determinants of codes of ethics in Swedish public sector organizations. This research reports on the responses of 27 organizations that possessed a code of ethics. The principal contribution is a 4P‐model of seven internal and external determinants in public sector codes of ethics. The identified determinants relate to four principal sectors of a society, namely: public community sector, private corporate sector, private citizen sector, and political/policy conduct sector.

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Svensson, G. and Wood, G. (2004), "Public sector ethics in Sweden: a 4P‐model of internal and external determinants in codes of ethics", Corporate Governance, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 54-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/14720700410547503

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