Professional Integrity and Leadership in Public Administration

  • Wolfgang Seibel
Part of the Executive Politics and Governance book series (EXPOLGOV)


Seibel addresses the question of what makes public officials neglect professional standards when facing conflictive decision-making. The chapter explores the failure of German police authorities to investigate the nature of a series of killings committed in the early 2000s. Using a parliamentary committee report, the chapter re-analyses a key episode of decision-making when an attempt to streamline the organization and management of relevant police authorities and to re-evaluate the investigation’s core hypotheses failed to materialize. In doing so, Seibel reveals a tension between the logic of professional integrity or ‘goal attainment’ and the logic of ‘system maintenance’, also emphasizing the necessity to re-consider the notion of professional integrity and its protection through considerate leadership.


Administrative leadership Professional integrity Goal attainment System maintenance Criminal investigation Limits of pragmatism 


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  1. 1.Department of Political and Administrative SciencesUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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