Topic : Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
7. Examine the relevance of the following in the context of civil service: (250 words)
(c) Fairness and justice
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is direct and straightforward and aims to examine the relevance of the listed virtues in the context of civil services.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss the relevance of Transparency, accountability and fairness and justice in the context of civil services.
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
Start by defining each of the listed virtues in the introduction.
One has to remember the question is not about how to inculcate these above listed values in one’s life and is rather asking the importance of these values in the context of civil services.
Describe each value in detail, its definition and relevance of it in administration in general. Give examples to justify their importance.
One can conclude by talking about other similar values that are essential for efficient and effective civil services.