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When viewing the world through a postmodern lens we see that people occupy multiple roles. These roles might have conflicting responsibilities which can lead to ethical concerns. For example, a public administrator's responsibilities might conflict with that individual's responsibilities as a citizen. Suppose a public administrator lives in a neighborhood next to where an industrial park is being proposed. Her neighbors are opposed based on noise, traffic, and safety concerns. The administrator is sympathetic to her neighbors' concerns and shares some of them. She also knows that the industrial park is important for the community in terms of jobs and economic development. She believes that most of the neighborhood's concerns can be addressed. The administrator will lead this development project and will be a great accomplishment for her career. Her neighbors approach her and ask her to help kill the project.

What do you see as the ethical issues?

What should public administrators do when two or more of their roles conflict?

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