Ethics in Public Administration

March 28, 2015

Significance of Good Governance

Kautilya in his treatise Arthashastra propounded the qualities of good governance by the ruling king as follows: In the happiness of his subject lies his happiness, in their welfare his welfare, whatever please himself he shall not consider good. India…

March 28, 2015

Ethics is Grounded in the Notion of Accountability

People seek accountability. They want to know who is responsible and accountable for certain actions and the consequences of those actions. Responsibility refers to "a sphere of duty or obligation" assigned to a person by the nature of that person’s…

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Crisis of Accountability and Governance in India

Accountability in India has two facets, separate but interrelated. The first is political, where the executive is accountable to Parliament, which has many devices and Instrumentalities for keeping tabs on the executive. The second facet is primarily administrative, where the…

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Ethical Dilemma in Public Services

An ethical dilemma is a decision that needs a choice among various principles, mostly in difficult and importance contexts. Personal self-interest should be secondary to the common good in all situations, especially when such circumstances give rise to conflict of…