"Everybody Does It": An Analysis of a Common Excuse

Title"Everybody Does It": An Analysis of a Common Excuse
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTuckness, A
JournalPublic Integrity
Date PublishedSummer2010
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10999922
Accession Number52045224
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , Civil , EXCUSES , POLITICAL , PROFESSIONAL ethics , PUBLIC , Public Policy , TACIT , United
AbstractThis article examines one of the most common excuses made in administrative ethics, "Everybody does it," by first providing examples of cases where the excuse might be used to justify action in public administration settings and then distinguishing several different senses of the excuse. "Everybody does it" may be an appeal to consensus, to tacit consent, or to fairness. The article provides tools for identifying which version of the excuse is relevant to the case at hand and for assessing whether a particular use of it is strong or weak.
NotesTuckness, Alex 1; Affiliation: 1: Associate professor, Iowa State University; Source Info: Summer2010, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p261; Subject Term: EXCUSES; Subject Term: POLITICAL ethics; Subject Term: CIVIL service ethics; Subject Term: TACIT consent; Subject Term: PUBLIC administration; Subject Term: UNITED States; Number of Pages: 12p; Illustrations: 1 Chart; Document Type: Article
Short Title"Everybody Does It": An Analysis of a Common Excuse
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