Scholarship is a multi-generational collective enterprise with a commitment to advancing knowledge, inspiring reflection, and facilitating stronger neighborhoods, cities and countries. This book explicitly adopts this lens as a recognition of the contributions of Prof. Terry Cooper to scholarship and practice, and as a mechanism to connect the past to the present and ultimately the future of scholarship in public ethics and citizen engagement. This “multi-generational” approach is designed to reveal the persistent and future ongoing need to engage as a scholarly and practitioner community with these questions. The book is broken into three main sections: citizenship and neighborhood governance, public service ethics and citizenship, and global explorations of citizenship and ethics. Unique in this collection is the explicit linkage across the main focus areas of citizenship and ethics, as well as the comparative and global context in which these issues are explored. Cases and data are examined from the United States, Chile, Thailand, India, China, Georgia, and Myanmar. Ultimately, it is made clear through each individual chapter and the collective whole that research on citizenship and ethics within public affairs and service has a rich history, remains critical to the strengthening of public institutions today, and will only increase in global significance in the years ahead.
Thomas A. Bryer is professor of public administration and program director of downtown Community-engaged scholarship at the University of Central Florida.
So Hee Jeon is associate professor of public administration and director of the undergraduate program in public and nonprofit administration at Central Michigan University
Preface: Reflections from Terry L. Cooper
PART I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Citizenship and Ethics: Significance of the Questions
PART II: Citizenship and Neighborhood Governance
Chapter 2: How and When can Citizens Most Meaningfully Represent Themselves in Public Policy and Service Delivery Processes
Chapter 3: Analyzing Citizen-Centered Collaborative Management--the “Who” and the “How”
Alfred T. Ho and Michael Wu
Chapter 4: Citizen-Centered Capacity Building for Sustainability
Jack W. Meek and Stephanie Britt
Chapter 5: The Boundary Setting of Collaborative Governance: Why are Civic Organizations Often Excluded?
Chapter 6: The Impact of Social Media Adoption on Citizen Trust
Daniel Seigler and Sarah Stoeckel
Chapter 7: Citizen Participation 2.0? Examining Social Media Use by Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils
Seongho An and Chao Guo
PART III: Public Service Ethics and Citizenship
Chapter 8: The Role of Ethical Citizenship in Advancing Immigrant Integration in the United States
Chapter 9: Insights from Behavioral Sciences for Reducing Systemic Corruption
Chapter 10: A Survey of the FIeld in Response to the ‘Big Questions’ in Administrative Ethics
Wanzhu Shi and Mehnaaz Momen
Part IV: Global Explorations of Citizenship, Ethics, and Related Questions
Chapter 11: Testing Cooper’s Ethical Decision-Making Model among Chilean Civil Servants: Is It Pertinent for Addressing Ethical Dilemmas in a Developing Country
Chapter 12: Network Governance in East Asia: Implications for Comparative Public Administration
Chapter 13: Developing the TS-iPASS Using the Learning and Design Forum Concepts
Pradeep Chandra Kathi
Chapter 14: Governing the Neighborhood with Confucian Ideas
Wai-Hang Yee, Weijie Wang, and Terry L. Cooper
Chapter 15: The Role of Media in Humanitarian Crisis Intervention: An Analysis of the Case of Aylan Kurdi
Chapter 16: Chinese Homeowner Associations: An Innovation in China’s Urban Neighborhood
Part V: Conclusion and Future Directions
Chapter 17: Citizenship and Ethics: Current Status and Future Directions
So Hee Jeon
Citizenship and Ethics underscores the importance of public ethics and civic engagement for public administration theory and practice. By revisiting, reflecting, and advancing Professor Cooper’s landmark research, the contributors have demonstrated with great depth the various pathways to ethical decision making and citizen-centered collaborative public management in diverse policy domains and institutional contexts.
This volume of multi-generational scholarship in honor of Terry Cooper’s work addresses two major governance challenges: how to restore ethical, competent public administration, based on a commitment to the public good; and how active partnerships between citizens and government lead to effective public policy. Amidst political efforts to disenfranchise voters and attack the administrative state, this is a much-needed scholarly and practical contribution to rebuilding trust in our public institutions and democratic governance.
A recent analysis of the public sector values identified in recent sample of 125 NASPAA self-study reports, suggests that at least 66% of them include Ethical Awareness and more than 50% in the subjects of Equity-Social Justice in their mission statements (Svara & Baizhanov, 2018). Certainly these programs, and others aspiring to reach that status, will find this edited volume a valuable resources in their assigned readings. Presenting perspectives from a variety of settings, and from various levels of government, with a particular focus on the importance of sub-national governments, these readings will enhance the attainment of new knowledge and competences. Clearly Prof. Cooper has stimulated a wide range of intellectual inquiry and awareness through his teaching and writings.