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III. Working Group on Integrity in Public Governance
WG Programme Coordinators:

Patrycja Suwaj, Polish Association for PA Education, Bialystok, Poland
E-mail: psuwaj@wsap.edu.pl
Hans Joachim Rieger, Head of department in dbb academy, Germany
E-mail: h.rieger@dbbakademie.de

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Viera Wallnerova, Email: wallnerova@nispa.org

Theme 2007: Integrity in Public Governance


About Working Group

The announced 2007 Working Group on Integrity in Public Governance is the continuation of the WG last year in Ljubljana, of the WG on Ethics in Governance, which was held at the 13th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Moscow, Russia 2005, and the WG on Preventing Corruption in Public Administration at the 12th NISPAcee Annual Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, in May 2004.

Background and justification

Administrative malpractice, such as corruption, abuse of power, nepotism and favoritism, are widespread in the public sector, including CEE countries. At the same time corruption and ethics have become important issues in the practice and theory of politics, public administration, law, economics and society. This has led to more awareness and knowledge. Practical solutions for ethical dilemmas and successful professional solutions in administrative decision-making can be formulated.


Although rules and regulations are required to address such malpractice, ethical approaches are needed as well. Bottom-up initiatives must complement top-down activities.
The Working Group on Integrity in Public Governance brings together academics and practitioners interested in the ethical dimension and professional work of administrative decision-making.

The group's mission is to establish a long-term network aimed at stimulating research and assistance to practical problems on public service charters in CEE countries. The focus is to measure the results and the impact of different activities and to analyze the implementation of instruments. This includes questions concerning principles and standards of discretional power, neutrality and legality, transparency and administrative responsiveness to the regime in office. It includes also the questions of organizational optimization and personnel development. The Working Group on Integrity in Public Governance has an opportunity to exercise leadership in the development and implementation of new directions in administrative integrity and professionalism. Our Working group gives answers to practitioners how to optimize their organization and how to train and influence their personnel to get the best results and impact in integrity management.


Call for papers

The membership of the Working Group seeks to build connections between reflective practitioners and engaged scholars in the Ethics/Integrity field, as a matter of priority. The primary objective of the Group is to enrich the 2007 Conference program with practice papers which focus on instruments, results of implementations and impact. Presentations focused on any new aspect of the field of Ethics/Integrity in Public Governance are welcome. Cross-disciplinary studies are to be encouraged.

We are inviting all member institutions, associate and individual members, as well as others interested in the topics of integrity in public governance in Central and Eastern Europe for participation and discussion:

  • Strategies: What strategies and instruments are available to protect the integrity of public administration and its public servants (public officials) in particular CEE countries?
  • Leadership: What are the challenges of modern leadership in integrity management? How does the profile of leaders look like? What kind of Leadership developments are in place?
  • Instruments: What instruments to protect integrity in governance are working in what context and in what culture, what does not and why?: promoting transparency and accountability, conflicts of interests and incompatibility policy, refusal, whistle blowing, codes of conduct, HRM practices - training, job rotation, organization development etc.
  • Institutions: What institutions succeed in curbing corruption and other integrity violations? What are the results of task forces? What is the impact of special Integrity units in public administration and within an organization.
  • Organization: Which guidelines for organizations to improve integrity do exist in practice and with which result? What recommendations can be formulated for the development of integrity guidelines in an organization? How can guidelines be implemented successfully?
  • Training: Which training activities for students, for professionals in the public service and for politicians do exist? What are the evaluation and impact of the training approaches? What are the contents of the trainings. Which are the target groups?
  • Law: Which law and regulations are in place to comate corruption?
  • Results and impact: What are the results and the impact of different laws, instruments in place and the public awareness programs?

The above mentioned fields of research and practice in Integrity lead us to the following questions which are in the focus of the Working Group IX:

  • Conflicts of Interest and Incompatibility,
  • Integrity at the public sector/private sector interface (Public Procurement),
  • Whistleblowing and promoting accountability,
  • Corruption in the Public Sector,
  • Building an effective a “National Integrity System”,
  • Scrutiny of Governance by Media and Civil Society,
  • Promoting integrity in public administration through HRM practices,
  • Organizational aspects of fighting corruption
  • Education and Training for Good Governance
  • Reaching EU and OECD standards in fighting corruption
  • Implementation strategies
  • Law in combating corruption

The working group IX will collect the different existing research papers, practical reports and presentations in the field of integrity. The Working Group IX members will group the papers and decide to bind them in an overview about “Integrity in Public Service”.

Selected papers, relevant to the practice and implementation will be analyzed and documented in a handbook for leaders and other responsible persons including personnel managers and organization managers in the public service by the WG IX members at the next NISPAcee annual conference in Kyiv 2007.

In our working group at least one session will be without presentations. We want to discuss different approaches and decide for the way forward and possible (funded) projects in the field of integrity management.

For the continuous exchange of data and experience between all members an e-platform will be designed and can be used from September 2007 onwards.




 

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