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Chapter 5: Re-Instating an Ethic of Bureaucratic Office: Office, Ethos and Persona in Public Management
But the law is the law, duty is duty, and a man defrauds his own name if he but once neglects his office.
Notions of personae and role-playing have enjoyed considerable usage in sociological and social theoretical discourse, being deployed to provide organizational and explanatory models for understanding diverse aspects of social life (Burkitt, 1992). What is meant by persona, though, as I indicated in Chapter 1, can be quite variable. At one extreme, as Conal Condren (2004: 1) has suggested, ‘it is little more than a performed role and presupposes an inner but ultimately accessible ...