Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Urban and Public Affairs

Committee Chair

Koven, Steven G.

Author's Keywords

Privatization; Ethic; Public managers


Privatization; Government purchasing--Moral and ethical aspects; Civil service ethics; Political ethics


This Thesis is an examination of privatization and the ethical implications for public managers. It begins with a historical overview of public administration, followed by discussion of the ethical concerns. Case studies show private companies have gained an upper hand in contract negotiations, and public managers have failed to keep the public trust by offering long term contracts that result in monopolies from closed or no bid contract systems. The thesis addresses ways to improve ethical decision making through better regulations and teaching. As privatization becomes a more viable way to pay for government services, the public administrator must maintain a higher level of ethical competency in dealing with this issue.