Ethics in Public Life: Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia


Monday, April 13, 2015, 4:10pm to 6:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ethics in Public Life coverPanel Discussion & Reception
The topic of moral competence is generally neglected in the study of public management and policy, yet it is critical to any hope we might have for strengthening the quality of governance and professional practice. What does moral competence consist in? How is it developed and sustained? These questions are addressed in this book through close examination of selected practitioners in Asian countries making life-defining decisions in their work. The protagonists include a doctor in Singapore, a political activist in India, a mid-level bureaucrat in central Asia, a religious missionary in China, and a journalist in Cambodia – each struggling with ethical challenges that shed light on what it takes to act effectively and well in public life. Together they bear witness to the ideal of public service, exercising their personal gifts for the well-being of others and demonstrating that, even in difficult circumstances, the reflective practitioner can be a force for good.

Kenneth Winston, Lecturer in Ethics, Harvard Kennedy School
Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics & Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderated by Anthony Saich, Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

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