Forms of Unethical Conduct from Public Administrators

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The role of public administrator is complex and difficult due to the continuous changes in rules, policies, training programs, laws, and organizational arrangements. Despite all the efforts, people in public organizations still conduct “unethical activities and willfully inadequate work performance.” which shows irresponsibility. These two forms of conduct result from a conflict between internal and external control. (Cooper, P. 161) The individual conducts represents the internal control. So, if the subjective responsibility and objective responsibility of the position were not well linked, public administrator would behave irresponsibly towards the organization’s goals. In addition, effective ethical conduct works better in supportive environment, which results in responsible conduct. The “individual attributes” such that as skills in making ethical decisions, virtues, and inner values or professional values are considered the internal control. The internal control must be coherent with three major elements: organizational structure, organizational culture, and social expectations. Stephen Bailey emphasizes the individual virtues as the inner qualities. He also provides three important “mental attitudes” and three essential “moral qualities” as required for all public administrators “in every level of government.” (Cooper, P. 168) The important mental attitudes that the public administrator shall have as a mindset while dealing with public service are as follow:
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