Investigating integrity: a multi-disciplinary literature review

Building Integrity WP 2018/002

For a concept that is so widely used, the lack of scholarly consensus with respect to the meaning of integrity is striking. To better understand the foundational concept underpinning public integrity, this working paper investigates the academic treatment of integrity across seven disciplines: public administration, organizational science, sociology, political science, law, philosophy and international relations. The review focuses on two distinct questions: how is the concept of integrity deployed across a broad range of disciplines; and, what can be learned from these disciplines about the concept of integrity?