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) Public service is a privilege that must be based on pure moral foundations. Elucidate.(250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon publications
Why this question:
The question is about discussing significance of good moral foundations for public services.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in what way moral foundations are necessary for the right exercise of the public services.
Elucidate – 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:
Begin with what you understand by moral foundations.
There is no fixed set of answer to it, one has to justify how and in what way strong moral grounds/foundations are necessary for a public servant to exercise his/her duty. Then explain in what way these moral foundations can be strengthened.
Conclude by suggesting what needs to be done to ensure moral grounds in public services.