Essays on Ethics of Public Service and Professionalism Assignment

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The paper "Ethics of Public Service and Professionalism" is a good example of a business assignment. Unethical practices involving public servants have made headlines all over the world in recent times. Most of the malpractices are due to the diminishing ethical standards of public servants as they indulge themselves in all manner of corruption. It is therefore in order to demand that government, as well as private sector institutions, should scale up transparency, ethics, accountability, integrity and professionalism so as to adequately protect public resources and ensure the sound performance of the public sector.

This discussion paper is therefore based on the concepts and needs of accountability, ethics, integrity, and transparency to maintain high levels of professionalism in the public sector (Ahmed, 2004). There is also an attempt to explain some malpractices that undermine the ethical requirements and expectations from public servants. It is a fact that the mentioned concepts are much interrelated thus there are no distinct boundaries between them hence lack of any of them have to either positively or negatively impact the whole system. This demonstrates that civil servant of character and virtue should practice all the concepts. The essence of the concepts in professionalism Ethics Even though there is no agreed definition of ethics.

The fundamental need of ethics is as old as human beings. Ethics basically concerns conduct and character of morals. It, therefore, evaluates conduct in relation to some parameters and hence put positive or negative values on it. Ethics has been fundamentally defined as the main principles of the right action as well as rules of conduct. Ethics can be found in written form such as circulars and legislation or through interpretation by a person concerning what may be acceptable and what may not.

For instance, the Charter for most public service in the world refers to ethics as standards that guide the actions and behaviors of people working in public institutions.

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