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Does a common ethos affect governability? The case of Israeli civil servants PRINT
Auteur(s) : R. KABBESA
Thése de l'université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne : 07/07/2016 - IAE de Paris, A213, 9h30
Sous la direction de : ALLOUCHE José ; KLETZ Pierre
Jury : José Allouche, Pierre Kletz; Karim Medjad ; Yvon Pesqueux ; Granit Almog-Bareket; Jérôme Meric ; Geraldine Schmidt
Résumé / Abstract :

This study is concerned with the question of whether the existence of a common ethos affects the governability of a state. In order to explore this question the study reviews the concepts of ethos, common ethos, governability, public value, civil servants, civil emissaries, bureaucracy and others. These concepts come together in a mosaic that provides the theoretical foundation for examining the research question, within the theoretical framework of methodological individualism, which is the basis for this study's approach.
This study claims that ethos contains various aspects of the individual. These include the psychological, sociological, cultural and spiritual aspects. When the ethos meets public mission, it can greatly affect the worldview and decision-making processes of civil servants. The ethos is not absolute or tightly formulated; it is hybrid in essence. Hence ethics, which are rooted in the ethos, are also by definition a hybrid space in which the civil servant's various commitments get mixed up and reformulated.
This study addresses the personal, national and professional ethoses. It points to the influence of a subject's deep connection to the ethos on his level of commitment to fulfilling his public mission. According to their level of connection to the ethos, it is possible to distinguish between three types of employees in the civil service: the civil worker, the civil servant and the new term proposed by this study ? the civil emissary. The differences at the level of governability of each of these types is rooted, among other issues the study addresses, in their level of commitment to a focus on content as opposed to processes, and whether and to what extent they have a deep understanding of the significance of public value and a commitment to creating it.



Mots-clés / Keywords :  Methodological Individualism ; Ethos and Common Ethos ; Ethics ; Civil Emissary ; Professional Identity ; Institute ; Public Value ; Governability ; Bureaucracy ; Public Service Ethos

Citer cette référence :
R. KABBESA (2016), " Does a common ethos affect governability? The case of Israeli civil servants", Thèse de doctorat de l'Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France