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. What determines ethical behavior in public organizations: is it rules or leadership? Explain. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
Explain what determines ethical behavior in public organizations: is it rules or leadership.
Key Demand of the question:
Analyse what determines ethical behavior in public organizations: is it rules or leadership.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving 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:
Start with what you understand by ethical behaviour.
Explain that Ethics is a key component of good governance and has significant potential to affect public trust in all forms of government. There are a number of factors that can shape standards of conduct within an organization, among which the role of leadership has attracted significant attention.
Discuss the importance of Leadership in any public organisation.
Then discuss the role that rules play in an organisation to determine ethical behaviour and action of people.
Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.