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) Explain the utility of Cooper’s Ethical Decision Model in Ethical Decision Making in Public services.(250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon publications.
Why this question:
The question is based on Cooper’s Ethical Decision Model and its utility in public services for ethical decision making. One is expected Bring out the importance of model ethical conduct at workplace.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must first elaborate what is ethical decision making. Then explain in detail the Cooper’s model, its utility in public services.
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 importance of decision making at workplace.
Discuss how business ethics address the rights and responsibilities of public administrators, thus ethics in decision making becomes centric to the role played by public/ civil servants. Courses of Action and Consequences of any decision made by an administrator has a larger public taking its affect.
In such a scenario the model by Cooper aids in making decisions ethically.
Discuss in brief the tenets of the model , how to apply etc.
Conclude that according to Cooper, the ideal solution to any ethical problem will be on the balance of four elements.