Program & Resources: Ethics Resources

Civic Ethics
The ethics of civics addresses citizens in respect their rights and responsibilities within and to government. It has roots in ancient Greece and China, and includes issues like human rights, education, law enforcement.

Institutes on Civic/Public Ethics

Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) is Washington, D.C.'s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. From the Cold War to the war on terrorism, from disputes over the role of religion in public life to battles over the nature of the family, EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend the great Western ethical imperatives -- respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, individual freedom and responsibility, justice, the rule of law, and limited government. The Center conducts a variety of programs and studies  and a wide range of resources can be found on the website.

Washington State Legislature: Ethics in Public Service website provides a range of legal definitions and standards  applicable to ethical conduct of public service.

The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre. CAPPE is one of the world’s largest concentration of applied philosophers. The purpose of CAPPE  is to connect rigorous philosophical thinking with policy input, community discussion, and professional aims. CAPPE aims to assist members of the community to make more ethically informed choices by making available resources in philosophical theory, as well as other information, such as empirical research and human rights.

Institute for Ethics in Public Life at Plattsburgh State aims to create ethically responsible citizens. The Institute for Ethics in Public Life emerged in response to the Colleges 1996 Strategic Plan, which included a central initiative on "Civic Responsibility.” The purpose of this initiative is to cultivate in students the qualities of engaged, committed and ethically responsive citizenship.

Center for Ethics, University of Michigan provides a variety of resources for students and citizens to become educated in public ethics, which allows them an opportunity to discuss their own concerns and solutions to problems of daily life.

Center for Ethics and Public Service, University of Miami is an interdisciplinary clinical program devoted to the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service in law and society. The Center’s in-house clinics and educational programs provide legal representation to low-income communities in the fields of children’s rights, public health entitlements, and nonprofit economic development.

Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, Western Michigan University aims to encourage and support research, teaching, and service to the university and community in areas of applied and professional ethics.

Center for the Study of the Presidency is the only organization that systematically examines past successes and failures of the Presidency and relates its findings to present challenges and opportunities.

Ethics Resource Center (ERC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. ERC has been in the organizational ethics business for a long time and there are resources available at ethics.org that would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

The National Institute of Ethics (NIE) is the nation's largest provider of law enforcement and corrections ethics training. Established in 1991, the Institute is a Congressional award winning, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to furthering ethics and integrity throughout America.

The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University  is committed to understanding and addressing real-world ethical challenges facing individuals, organizations, and societies worldwide. The institute promotes ethical reflection and engagement through  research, education, and practice in three core areas: Moral Education & Decision-Making, Organizational Ethics, and Civic & Global Ethics. Current projects include work on civic engagement, workplace culture, and immigration policy in the U.S. and Europe.

Journals on Civic/Public Ethics

Public Health Ethics (PHE) is a peer-reviewed international journal with a focus on the systematic analysis of the moral problems that arise in public health and preventive medicine. PHE combines theoretical and practical work from many different fields such as philosophy, law, politics, epidemiology and medical sciences.

The Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal (CPLPEJ) is a multidisciplinary publication dedicated to discussing and analyzing the policy implications of governmental actions, how lawyers advocate in the public interest, and how the ethical choices of legal workers affect the law and the public at large. CPLPEJ publishes writing in all areas of the law including: constitutional law, family law, legal ethics, criminal law, civil rights law, immigration law, environmental law, civil law, labor law, animal rights law, and sexual orientation law. The Journal is committed to a non-ideological investigation of issues and accepts submissions from philosophers, economists, sociologists, activists, lawyers, and other professionals.

The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy publishes two issues annually. The Journal devotes one issue to a single topic of public concern and the other issue to any topic related to the Journal’s mission. The Journal explores the legal, ethical and policy considerations of each topic within the framework of the Judeo-Christian intellectual and moral tradition. It has a national audience of people actively involved in the formulation of public policy, and regularly includes timely pieces from a broad spectrum of prominent scholars and officials.

Books on Civic/Public Ethics

  • Ethical Life: The Past and Present of Ethical Cultures-by Harry Redner (ISBN: 9780742512337)
  • Ethics in Public Management- by George Frederickson and Richard K. Ghere (ISBN:9780765614612)
  • Public Ethics and Governance:  Standards and Practices in Comparative Perspective- by  Denis Saint-Martin (ISBN: 9780762312269)
  • Communitarianism: A New Public Ethics- by  Markate Daly (ISBN: 9780534200886)
  • The Moral of The Story: Literature and Public Ethics- by Henry T. Edmondson (ISBN:9780739101490)
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Human Good- by Michael Weston (ISBN: 9780415243384)
  • Case Studies in Public Health Ethics- by Steven Coughlin (ISBN: 9780875531946)
  • Ethics in Public Relations: Responsible Advocacy- by  Kathy Fitzpatrick and Carolyn Bronstein (ISBN:9781412917988)
  • Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage- by  Paulo Freire (ISBN:9780847690466)
  • Professional ethics and civic morals- by  Émile Durkheim (ISBN: 9780415062251)
  • Ethics of Conviction and Civic Responsibility: Conscientious War Resisters in America During the World Wars- by  Yuichi Moroi  (ISBN: 9780761840794)

Articles on Civic/Public Ethics

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