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While acting for ‘change’ and ‘progress’, should an administrator be disappointed because s/he can do too little? Substantiate.

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. While acting for ‘change’ and ‘progress’, should an administrator be disappointed because s/he can do too little? Substantiate. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon publications

Why the question:

The question is based on the two factors of change and progress and in what way Public administrators usually face the crisis of choosing between them.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the dilemma involved in choosing change or progress in the lives of civil servants while making decisions.

Directive:

Substantiate – When you are asked to Substantiate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define what you understand by “Change” and “Progress” in the context of the question.

Body:

The process of change in a large-scale system is a mix of art and science. It requires scientific principles to bring change and progress as well as requires social and human emotions for strong determination and will power.

But a system is “any collection of things that have some influence on one another.” If we take the example of Environment – Individual things like plants, people, schools, communities, and watersheds – are all systems of interrelated elements. All have well-defined niche and role in the maintenance of system whether small or big.

 Conclusion:

Hence one should not be disappointed that he can do nothing big to change the system, even small and genuine steps can bring change.