Public Servants Play A Huge Role In Implementing Policies

1265 WordsMar 26, 20176 Pages
Public servants play a huge role in implementing policies and have responsibilities to fulfill while in office. In carrying out these responsibilities and duties, there are certain administrative values that must be found in them like ethical, democratic and professional (Barker &Mau, p.14). However, public individuals and institutions can disregard the values and ethics code for the public sector and as such make the public to question their decisions and activities. Since the late 17th Century, classical liberal theorists had argued that publicity and openness provide the best protection from the excesses of power. The accountability of public service has been an issue because they have the power to make decisions concerning the public…show more content…
Friedrich and Finer had a debate on how accountability can be achieved with public servants in 1940. Friedrich believes that professionalism is the right way to guide administrative ethics and by that public servants must be responsible for their actions as it is a personal responsibility while Finer adopts the use of command control whereby public servants will be sanctioned for failure to comply with their responsibilities and duties. In the government, ministerial responsibility is a constitutional convention whereby ministers are accountable for every action under them. Ministers are meant to take blame even if there were not aware of the misbehavior and in certain cases, they are to resign. According to Finer, ministers are responsible for the people in their ministry and must give instructions on not just what to do but how to do it. And in situations whereby there is any act of misconduct, it falls back on the minister. In Canada, the government thrives for ‘Open and Accountable Government’ and minister responsibility is essential. Ministers must be able respond to questions on the discharge of their responsibilities, including how public funds are spent. This also include the government in general as they should be able to give account of their actions. However, some public servants do abuse power and disregard values and ethics of the public
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