Title

Are You Scared Yet? On the Ethic of Sustainability and the Politics of Fear in Public Administration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-13-2016

Publication Title

Public Integrity

Abstract

This article offers a critical examination of the ethic of sustainability. It argues that, notwithstanding the importance of environmental problems, such an ethic has the effect of promoting a politics of fear by emphasizing our fears about human survival and security. As such, despite its attractions, an ethic of sustainability for public administration reinforces already deeply embedded antipolitical ways of thinking within the field that ignore its constitutional practices and traditions, and are potentially harmful to public administration practice.

DOI

10.1080/10999922.2016.1233379

Volume

19

Issue

4

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