Topic: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity
6) “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly. While bad people will find a way around the laws” – Plato.” Critically analyse this statement in the light of the functioning of the Civil servant in a democracy. (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is premised on the need of law for good vs bad people and in what way it has a deeper impact on civil servants and their functionality in a democracy.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the significance of laws in civil services and in a democracy in general. Then explain why laws are essential to bring everyone on the same page.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss the significance of laws in a society.
Explain first why good people do not require laws to be guided and on the contrary bad people will always find ways around laws to fringe across.
Discuss the significance of stronger and stricter laws to ensure right functioning of civil servants in a democracy.
Conclude by reasserting significance of laws in governing civil services in a democracy.