Towards a theory of integrity systems: a configurational approach

F.E. Six, A. Lawton

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The integrity of public officials is considered a key determinant of public trust in government and a central concept in good governance. An integrity system consists of all components, such as policies, practices, institutions and integrity guardians meant to contribute to the integrity of the organization at the heart of the integrity system. In this article we propose a theoretical model for the effectiveness of integrity systems that can be tested empirically. Six conditions are proposed as important for delivering the outcome of high integrity performance. Different configurations are expected to deliver the same outcome, because of varying developmental trajectories. Implications for further research are discussed. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions:
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-658
JournalInternational Review of the Administrative Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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