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Ethics in the public sector and different approaches to ethics in military


  • Uğur ZEL


Ethics and morals are used instead of each other in everyday life. However, there are some differences between these two expressions. Those who think that ethics is different than morals argue that ethics is more universal compared to morals. While moral is a national concept, ethics is considered to be a universal notion. It is observed that discussions on ethics in the public administration have been increasing in the world since 1970’s. The notion of ethics in the public administration as it is in the West has been drawing more attention in Turkey in recent years. The legislation regarding ethical infrastructure in the Turkish Public administration has been scattered until 2004. In this article, the developments of ethical issues are explained in legal framework and also, different approaches in military from different countries are compared. Comments are made on the differences and similarities of “codes of ethics” and “moral values”.

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  • Uğur ZEL, 2007. "Ethics in the public sector and different approaches to ethics in military," Iktisat Isletme ve Finans, Bilgesel Yayincilik, vol. 22(251), pages 35-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:iif:iifjrn:v:22:y:2007:i:251:p:35-49

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    business ethics; codes of ethics; ethics in military ; morals; public administration.;

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    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility


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