Ethics and integrity are now widely recognised to be crucial for the development and maintenance of a well-functioning and stable public administration. However, the quality of ethical regulation varies dramatically by country. Global ethics are an attempt to address this problem by introducing standards of administrative ethics that could be applied across the world, and to which all states and administrations, or at least the vast majority thereof, can subscribe. The challenge of creating such global ethics is made more difficult because different countries have contextually different understandings of what behaviour is corrupt and what is not. This makes it extremely difficult to create standards of global ethics that will be freely accepted by the widest array of members of the global community. Addressing this challenge, practical approaches to global ethics have mainly focused on defining a standard of ethics according to the preferences of a very small group of powerful people or institutions and coercing or persuading other groups to accept. This is discussed as a potentially problematic development for global ethics.
Citation : Rose, J. (2016) Global Ethics. In: Farazmand, Ali (Ed.) Global Encyclopaedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_1172-1