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Public Trust in Government Institutions

Opinion  -  Stephen Sedgwick

Australia's former Public Service Commissioner offers insights on maintaining the people's trust in the public sector

Public Diplomacy: An Emerging New Normal in Foreign Policy

Opinion  -  Premarani Somasundram

States must now learn to shape the context in which their policies are perceived by foreign publics in order to achieve national goals.

Editorial Digital Issue 4

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

In this issue of ETHOS Digital Edition, public sector veterans from around the world discuss the future of governance in the digital age. Also, our more experienced colleagues share quick tips on how to do better at work in a new feature: PRO TIP.

The Making of Behavourial Economics: Review of "Misbehaving" by Richard Thaler

Review  -  Charmaine Tan Huan Yuen

A pioneer’s account of the paradigm shift in economics offers compelling insights for the contemporary scholar and practitioner alike.

The Challenge of Public Communications

Review  -  Vernie Oliveiro

In an episode of the BBC television series The Thick of It, a Minister is tasked with announcing to a classroom of teenagers a new policy encouraging young people to develop mobile phone apps. The problem is twofold: first, the Minister does not know the policy, and second, the Minister is something of a Luddite who cannot tell the difference between “downloading” and “uploading”.

Editorial Issue 15

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

Of the key constituents of society, the public sector is the most directly accountable, through the various institutions of state and the political process, to the people and the national good.