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POL2307Week 4Accountability and Ethics in PublicAdministration
NoticeSubmission date changed to 2ndMarch for PowerPoint(written report) for assignment 1 NOT 9thMarchSign up for registration for participating in research project.Around 60 people have done this (Feb 8). Go to the LaMPwebsite, then Citizen Panel, Current Studies and click VisualPerception Experiment (1) and select a free time slot.
Objectives: by end of lectureUnderstand ethical principlesHave an understanding of ethics in relation to governmentand civil servantsComprehend the concept of accountabilityUnderstand accountability in relation to Hong Konggovernment and the senior civil serviceConsidered and made judgements on an accountabilityexample
What is Ethics?Dealing with what is good or badDealing with moral duty andobligationsPrinciples of conduct governing anindividual or groupEthics is simply…doing the “right” thing....
Underlying Components ofPublic Service EthicsGovernment Officials Hold the Power of the CollectiveThe actions of government officials and staff must serve the bestinterests of the community,not narrower personnel or politicalinterests.(remember public choice arguments about civilservants … self interested etc.)Government Officials are Stewards of the Public TrustGovernment officials and staff are stewards of the public’s trustand confidence,and must avoid not justimproprieties, butperceptions of improprieties.
The Two Dimensions of Public ServiceEthicsEthics and Ethics LawsEthics - what we should doEthics laws are what we must doEthics laws are often just the starting point for most ethicalanalysisTeaching the law versus creating internal alarmsThe law is the floor, not the ceilingJust because it’s legal, does not mean it is ethical
Principles of Ethics LawsThree Principles of Ethics LawsPersonal financial gaincannot appear to influence decisionsPersonal advantages and perksrelating to office are illegal.Fairness, impartiality, and open governmentareessential.For example, HK civil servants shall ensure that no actual,perceived or potential conflict of interest shall arise betweentheir official duties and private interests. Where an actual,perceived or potential conflict of interest arises, they shalldeclare it to their supervisors.
Ethical DilemmasPersonal CostDoing the right thing will or may come to significant personalcost.Legally and Ethically RightThere are conflicting sets of “right” values.
Sorting through DilemmasLevel I: First Three QuestionsIs this a right-versus-wrong situation?Ethics involves doing the right thingIs this a situation where one course of action arguablyconflicts with your legal obligations?Do what the law requiresRemember, the law is only the minimum standardWould you be embarrassed to read about your action in yourlocal newspaper?
Sorting through DilemmasLevel II: Additional Helpful QuestionsWhich course of action will most build/preserve the generalpublic’s confidence in your agency and your personal

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