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“When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.” Thomas Jefferson. Examine in the context of public service.

Topic: Ethics in Public Administration

6. “When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.” Thomas Jefferson. Examine in the context of public service. (150 Words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General Studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the Question:

This question demands the candidate to analyze and explain the given quote by Thomas Jefferson in the context of public service. It requires the candidate to highlight the importance of considering oneself as public property after assuming public trust.

Directive Word:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the Answer:

Introduction: Begin by defining the concept of public trust and how it is related to public service.

Body:

Start with a brief introduction of the quote given by Thomas Jefferson.

Explain the significance of the quote in the context of public service.

Analyze the quote and discuss its implications for public officials in terms of accountability and responsibility towards the public.

Provide examples of instances where public officials who did not consider themselves as public property had to face severe criticism.

Discuss the role of public officials in maintaining public trust and how the lack of trust can hamper the growth of society.

Discuss how the government can ensure that public officials act in the public interest and are accountable for their actions.

Conclusion:

Summarize the main points discussed in the answer.