Integrity and Quality in Different Governance Phases

  • Leo HubertsEmail author


Essentially, this book discusses ‘the relevance, limitations and/or applicability of specific values to the ‘quality of governance’. This chapter focuses on ‘integrity’ as the basic value, reflecting on its relationship with quality. This is not a simple endeavor. Integrity and quality of governance relate to a multitude of topics and disciplines. Basic questions concern the precise meaning and relevance of ‘governance,’ of ‘integrity of governance’ and of ‘quality of governance’ (including many of the values addressed in this book, including legitimacy, accountability, transparency, lawfulness, and effectiveness).

Our basic line of reasoning seems to be that integrity is an important (public) value amidst (many) others, while quality refers to all relevant values. This chapter focuses on some questions—perhaps even blind spots—in our interpretation of integrity within such a quality framework. A number of topics or questions will be addressed in the next paragraphs: (1) What is ‘governance’? (2) What is ‘integrity (of governance)’? (3) What is ‘quality of governance’ as used in research into public values, good government, and good governance? (4) What is the meaning/content of integrity in the context of quality of governance or good governance, taking into account the different phases of governance? The process of answering these questions will prompt suggestions for our research agenda.


Integrity Incorruptibility Impartiality Integrity violations Good governance 


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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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