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7) “With bad laws and good civil servants, it’s still possible to govern, But with bad civil servants, even the best possible laws can’t help”. Do you approve of the view in the statement? elucidate(250 words)

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) “With bad laws and good civil servants, it’s still possible to govern, But with bad civil servants, even the best possible laws can’t help”. Do you approve of the view in the statement? elucidate(250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is based on the quote given by the famous Otto von Bismarck a German statesman, The quote is about  the concept of good civil servants and their significance in creating services that are good and righteous irrespective of goodness of the law.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must explain in detail the context of the quote and its meaning applied to civil services/public services. You must state whether you second the thoughts in the quote and if you do elucidate the same with suitable examples.

Directive word:

Elucidate – Pick out the main points on the subject in question and give your opinion, reinforcing your point of view using logic and reference to relevant evidence, including any wider prospects if any.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with importance of ethics in public services, importance of good civil servants.

Body:

Discuss :

  • What makes a civil servant good or bad?
  • How does a good civil servant serve the society in presence of both good and bad laws.
  • Debate the significance of good laws and bad laws vis-a-vis civil services.
  • Do not forget to quote relevant examples to justify your answer as such questions are best explained through the aid of examples.

Conclusion:

Re-assert  the importance of good civil servants in public services.

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