Analysing the reputation of dishonesty in civil servants

English title: Pistas para uma análise da reputação de desonestidade dos funcionários públicos

Author(s): Luís De Sousa - João Triães -

Language: Portugese

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2009


In this chapter, the authors, drawing on data from the European Social Survey Round 2 rotating module on economic morality, explore, on the one hand, the factors that contribute to the creation of a certain negative image of civil servants’ performance, and on the other hand, and reflect on what citizens perceive as dishonesty. The authors intend to provide a definition of honesty and to understand to what extent that quality (or flaw), associated to civil servants’ behaviour, is perceived by citizens as fundamental to their performance in the administration. After summarising some of the general traits of social disapproval of the phenomenon within contemporary European societies, the authors try to contrast the levels of (declared) corruption, active and passive, in Europe and the levels of trust in civil servants’ honesty, so as to better understand the relationship between corruption and the image of integrity of administrations.

From page no: 153

To page no: 192

Anthology: Ethics, State and Economy: Attitudes and practices of Europeans