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Title:Irreprochable ethical behaviour as prerequisite for reversing the downward performance spiral
Author:Burger, JohanISNI
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:South Africa
economic development
public sector
Abstract:It is argued in this article that irreproachable ethical behaviour is a prerequisite for reversing the downward performance spiral of the South African public sector. This downward spiral is caused by three impediments: corruption and maladministration, unemployment, and orthodoxy. These impediments can be related to the politics of economics and the politics of bureaucracy. The performance of the public sector also has a global context and this is explored in terms of the effect of global competitiveness on public revenue, South Africa's vulnerability as developing country and the effects of the response to globalisation on the socio-economic needs in the country. Finally, it is proposed that supplementary codes of conduct and a corruption index should be developed on an agency level, and that further institutional reform should be aimed at delegating even more authority for discretion to public managers. Bibliogr., note, sum. (Journal abstract, edited)