American Society for Public Administration Code of Ethics

Date01 July 2018
Published date01 July 2018
498 Public Administration Review • July | August 2018
Public Administration Review,
Vol. 78, Iss. 4, pp. 498. © 2018 by
The American Society for Public Administration.
DOI: 10.1111/puar.12967.
American Society for Public Administration Code of Ethics
T he American Society for Public Administration
(ASPA) advances the science, art, and practice
of public administration. The Society affirms
its responsibility to develop the spirit of responsible
professionalism within its membership and to increase
awareness and commitment to ethical principles and
standards among all those who work in public service
in all sectors. To this end, we, the members of the
Society, commit ourselves to uphold the following
1. Advance the Public Interest . Promote the
interests of the public and put service to the
public above service to oneself.
2. Uphold the Constitution and the Law .
Respect and support government constitu-
tions and laws, while seeking to improve laws
and policies to promote the public good.
3. Promote Democratic Participation . Inform
the public and encourage active engagement
in governance. Be open, transparent and
responsive, and respect and assist all persons
in their dealings with public organizations.
4. Strengthen Social Equity . Treat all persons
with fairness, justice, and equality and respect
individual differences, rights, and freedoms.
Promote affirmative action and other
initiatives to reduce unfairness, injustice, and
inequality in society.
5. Fully Inform and Advise . Provide accurate,
honest, comprehensive, and timely informa-
tion and advice to elected and appointed
officials and governing board members, and to
staff members in your organization.
6. Demonstrate Personal Integrity . Adhere to
the highest standards of conduct to inspire
public confidence and trust in public service.
7. Promote Ethical Organizations . Strive to
attain the highest standards of ethics, steward-
ship, and public service in organizations that
serve the public.
8. Advance Professional Excellence . Strengthen
personal capabilities to act competently and
ethically and encourage the professional
development of others.
Approved by the ASPA National Council March 16, 2013,
along with Practices for carrying out the Code available
at . In 2014, the Ethics
and Standards Implementation Committee was created to
advance awareness of ethics in public service, provide advice
and assistance to members in handling ethical problems,
and review and seek to resolve ethics complaints regarding
members who may have violated the Code.

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