The past 25 years have seen profound changes in the landscape of public services internationally. Public sector reforms under the guise of New Public Management, Governance and, more recently, Public Value have impacted the ways in which practitioners deliver public services and the way in which academics think about those services. Increasing complexity, scarce resources, smaller government, privatisation, weakened employment relations, new forms of citizen engagement, including the use of social media, and so on have contributed to this changing landscape. At the same time traditional notions of accountability, public service motivation, responsibility, integrity and public duty are under challenge. In the past 15 years, the field of public sector ethics has become much more international in its scope. Once dominated by scholars from the USA, researchers in Europe, Asia, and Australasia are now much more prominent. Bringing together a global group of scholars; Ethics in Public Policy and Management looks to reflect this changing landscape. This excellent volume offers a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field with contributions from scholars from different disciplines such as political science, sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology, critical studies, reflecting the different approaches that have been taken. The volume provides thought-provoking reading for educators, administrators, policy makers, and researchers within the fields of public management and ethics alike.
'Judgemental Afterthoughts' brings to a 'judgemental' head the loose quartet of aphoristic books beginning with 'The Free Testament' (2003), and has been subtitled 'As Testamentary Evidence of a Free Genius', since it rather departs from the terminological bounds set by the aforementioned book, not to mention the two intervening ones, 'Revelationary Afterthoughts' (2003) and 'Revolutionary Afterthoughts' (2003-4), as it explores, in some detail, the use and applicability of common slang and verb-noun expletives from a comprehensively exacting philosophical standpoint, with many interesting and novel conclusions, some of which might well contribute towards undermining the mindless alacrity with which certain uneducated persons go about denigrating others in carnally reductionist terms! Consequently the author has, in a sense, 'judged' such terms, however irrational their common usage, and, we trust, brought some logical sense to bear on them, thereby removing their habitual usage from the pit of vulgar or obscene slang in which they tend, with unthinking people, to languish and fester. But that is not all he has done in this highly demanding book; for the reader will soon discern that John O'Loughlin has a gift for parables and metaphorical irony which should shed some light on recent history and the contemporary political scene most especially, thereby preparing the ground for progressive, radical change in the decades and centuries to come.
The need to understand the migration between the United States and Mexico is greater today than at any time in its century long history. Its volume and complexity are greater than most observers might have imagined even a decade ago; and it operates in a context charged with serious human, political, and security challenges. Yet, there is often confusion over the most fundamental questions about the demography, economics, and political nature of the movement and its policy responses. The editors of this book bring together a team of top policy-oriented migration experts from Mexico and the United States to provide an up-to-date analysis leading to grounded policy recommendations for both governments. Their conclusions derive from new analyses as well as from detailed discussions with policy-makers. Contributors assess the main characteristics, trends, and factors influencing Mexico-U.S. migration and recommend actions that should improve migration management, substantially reduce undocumented flows, and refocus Mexican migration into legal channels. Also contained within this book are recommendations of development strategies in Mexico that should reduce mid- to long-term emigration pressures. The book shows that collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico is not only possible, but necessary, as unilateral reforms will continue to fail until both governments act together to regulate the flow, improve conditions for the migrants, and make sure that migration has positive social and economic impacts on both countries.
This is a reproduction of the translation of the text of the article that appeared in German in The Bellville Wochenblatt. William Trenckmann, who edited the original, wrote in his introduction: For a number of years the Wochenblattmann has been concerned with the idea of publishing a special edition dedicated to the County of Austin, in Texas. Certain hindrances such as lack of time and of the article which is quite as essential to pay for printing jobs as it is to waging a war-have thus far prevented its publication. But we are convinced that this supplement, which we now send forth into the world, will be welcomed by all those who live in the county, even if much that we present here in word and picture is already familiar to them through hearsay or through actual personal experience. Many of our loyal readers who have set up their homes elsewhere will be happy to have more information about that section of the earth where Stephen F. Austin made his first settlement and where once stood the first capital of Texas. It was also the place where the earliest German pioneers in this state erected their first cabins and where, since that time, so many men and women of German blood have found homes and have helped to transform the wilderness into a fruitful garden. We have spared no effort or expense to make this booklet as rich in content and interest as possible, and we here with express our right hearty thanks to all those persons who have ably assisted us. We are fully aware that this historical sketch and topographical description of the county which, like our state capital, took its name from the Founding Impresario, cannot lay claim to completeness. Months and years of preparation and research would have been required to make it so. But we have striven within this limited frame to portray the material which is most important and worth recalling, and we believe that we have succeeded reasonably well. We hope, as they read this booklet and study the features of the aged men and women who created a new home for German culture and language on foreign soil, that our readers may gratefully remember what we their sons and grandsons owe to the German pioneers of Texas. If this aim is achieved, then the primary purpose of the little book has been accomplished.
On April 20th 2010 the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) floating drilling rig suffered a catastrophic explosion and fire. Eleven men died in the explosion - seventeen others were injured. The fire, which burned for a day and a half, eventually sent the entire rig to the bottom of the sea. Following DWH the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued many new regulations. One of them was the Safety and Environmental System (SEMS) rule, which is based on the American Petroleum Institute's SEMP recommended practice, finalized in April 2013. Ian Sutton's book provides an experienced engineer's perspective on the new SEMS regulations for offshore oil & gas drilling, how they compare to prior regulations and how to implement the new standards seamlessly and efficiently. Sutton explains the SEMS rule, and describes what must be done to achieve compliance. Each of the twelve elements of the SEMS rule (such as Management of Change and Safe Work Practices) is described and guidance is provided as to what needs to be done to meet BOEMRE requirements. The second edition is greatly expanded, with increased coverage of technical areas such as engineering standards and drilling, and procedural areas such as Safety Cases and Formal Safety Assessments. The new material both complements the SEMS coverage and increases the book's relevance to a global audience. It gives detailed explanation of how to implement the new SEMS standard for offshore operations. It ties the new regulations in with existing Safety Management approaches helping managers leverage existing processes and paperwork. CEOs now have to sign off on compliance paperwork, making SEMS implementation something you need to get right first time. Ian Sutton provides the expert insights you need to achieve this.
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