INTEGRITY IN PUBLIC LIFE
by Vernon White, Claire Foster-Gilbert and Jane Sinclair
‘The insightfulness of these essays cannot be exaggerated. They deserve the closest attention by both individuals and institutions’ – Anthony Phillips, Church Times
‘The populist turn in contemporary politics has created new challenges for anyone concerned with standards in public life. How can politicians and public servants act with integrity – and be seen to act with integrity? This collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking essays reminds us that there are no easy answers. Those in public life and all of us who depend on them will benefit from its insights.’
– Dr Nicholas Allen, Royal Holloway, University of London
Good governance is one of the UK’s fundamental values, and citizens are entitled to expect that public officials behave according to the highest ethical standards. This new Haus Curiosities volume, published in collaboration with Westminster Abbey Institute, looks at the place and meaning of integrity in the individual public servant, in public service institutions, and in the wider public they purport to serve. It addresses the fundamental questions of what integrity means in public life and why it has such a critical part to play in the constitution of Britain. The book also explores how people in public service institutions can cease to behave with humanity when those institutions deny the individual human spirit. The authors argue for the critical importance of institutions in upholding values
when fallible humans forget them.
Vernon White is an Anglican priest and theological scholar. Claire Foster-Gilbert is the Founding Director of Westminster Abbey Institute, the Co-founder of the St Paul’s Institute, and a current member of numerous medical and theological ethics committees. Jane Sinclair is Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.
September 2019| £7.99| 90 pp| Paperback | 9781912208708