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7) “When a man assumes public trust, he should consider himself as public property”. Illustrate the essence of the statement. (250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;

7) “When a man assumes public trust, he should consider himself as public property”. Illustrate the essence of the statement. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is based on the quote given by American president Thomas Jefferson.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the importance of public trust in the governance of the country.

Directive:

Illustrate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Explain the statement generically as to what it is pointing to.

Body:

Explain that Public trust is a concept that relates back to the origins of democratic government and its seminal idea that within the public lies the true power and future of a society; therefore, whatever trust the public places in its officials must be respected. One of the reasons that bribery is regarded as a notorious evil is that it contributes to a culture of political corruption in which the public trust is eroded. Other issues related to political corruption or betrayal of public trust are lobbying, special interest groups and the public cartel.

Conclusion:

Reassert significance of public trust and its importance in the lives of public servants.

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