Professor Karin Lasthuizen co-authored the textbook Ethics and Management in the Public Sector and has written numerous publications.


Lawton, A., J. Rayner & K. Lasthuizen (2013). Ethics and Management in the Public Sector. Textbook. Routledge. 196 pp. ISBN Hb: 978-0-415-57759-5 / ISBN Pb: 978-0-415-57760-1.

Grappling with ethical issues is a daily challenge for those working in organisations that deliver public services. Such services are delivered through an often bewildering range of agencies and amidst this constant change, there are fears that a public service ethos, a tradition of working in the public interest, becomes blurred.

Using extensive vignettes and case studies, Ethics and Management in the Public Sector illuminates the practical decisions made by public officials. The book takes a universal approach to ethics reflecting the worldwide impact of public service reforms and also includes discussions on how these reforms impact traditional values and principles of public services.

This easy-to-use textbook is a definitive guide for postgraduate students of public sector ethics, as well as students of public management and administration more generally.

Ethical leadership

Heres, L., L.W.J.C. Huberts & K.Lasthuizen. (2017) Ethical leadership: a complex and messy phenomenon. In: Giacolone, R.A. & C.L. Jurkiewicz (Eds.), Radical Thoughts on Ethical Leadership. Chapter 7, pp. 135-150. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Heres, L. & K. Lasthuizen (2012). What’s the difference? Ethical leadership in public, hybrid, and private organizations. Special issue of Journal of Change Management. 12(4): 441-466.

Van den Akker, L., L. Heres, K. Lasthuizen & F.E. Six (2009). Ethical leadership and trust: it’s all about meeting expectations. International Journal of Leadership Studies, special issue on leader integrity, 5 (2): 102-122. ISSN 1554-3145.

Measurement of corruption and organisational unethical behaviours

Huberts , L.W.J.C. & K. Lasthuizen (forthcoming). Corruption in Context: What Goes Wrong in Governance. In M. Powell, D. Wafa & T.A. Mau (Eds.) Corruption in a Global Context: Restoring public trust, integrity, and accountability among public leaders and governing institutions. Belgium: Bruylant Publishers.

Lasthuizen, K., L.W.J.C. Huberts & L. Heres (2011). How to measure integrity violations, towards a validated typology. Public Management Review 13 (3): 383-408. ISSN Print: 1471-9037, ISSN Online: 1471-9045.

Huberts, L.W.J.C., K. Lasthuizen & C.F.W. Peeters (2006). Measuring Corruption: Exploring the Iceberg. In: Ch. Sampford, A. Shacklock, C. Connors & F. Galtung (Eds.). Measuring Corruption. Chapter 14, pp. 265 -293. UK: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN: 0 7546 2405 6.

Police studies

Lasthuizen, K. & H.L. Paanakker (2016). Combatting workplace aggression in detainee transport: A Dutch case study. Special issue ‘Workplace aggression and leadership in the public sector’ of the International Journal of Public Sector Management 29(1): 11-29.

Van Steden, R., Z. van der Wal & K. Lasthuizen (2015). Overlapping Values, Mutual Prejudices. Empirical Research into the Ethos of Police Officers and Private Security Guards. Administration & Society 47 (3): 220-243.

Huberts, L.W.J.C., M. Kaptein & K. Lasthuizen. (2014). A study of the impact of three leadership styles on integrity violations committed by police officers. L. Holmes (Eds.). Police Corruption: Essential Readings. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Chapter 5. Reprint (2011). ISBN: 978 1 78347 556 8.