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.
6) Critically analyse the possibility of legally enforceable code of ethics for bureaucrats and politicians in India.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is to ascertain one’s opinion about the question of legal enforceability of code of ethics for bureaucrats and politicians.
Key demand of the question:
One must explain both the pros and cons of legally enforcing code of ethics for bureaucrats and politics.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, 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:
One can start by explaining the need of ethics in Bureaucracy and politics.
Students must explain both pros and cons of having legal enforceability of ethics in general.
Explain the benefits of having a legally enforced code of ethics.
Discuss the associated concerns and what needs to be done to overcome it?
Conclude that though legal enforcement has potential to resolve the crisis but fear of law is not a sustainable solution. The values should be inculcated in the persons to have a long term effect.