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Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India$
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S.K. Das

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198068662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068662.001.0001

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The Ethical Framework

The Ethical Framework

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(p.242) Nineteen The Ethical Framework
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Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India
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S. K. DAS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068662.003.0019

In the civil service of India, an ethical framework refers to the mandates of conduct rules which all civil servants should obey. Sanctions against corrupt behaviour are meted out by the Prevention of Corruption Act. Neither instrument constitutes an ethical framework because each is premised upon a set of consequences that may arise when a law or rules are violated. This chapter discusses what ethics is, why it is important for the civil service, what is expected of civil servants in terms of ethics, and ethics in the civil services of Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. It also describes the Draft Civil Services Bill 2009 and the civil service’s relations with the government, legislature, and political system as well as the community.

Keywords:   ethics, civil servants, Prevention of Corruption Act, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Draft Civil Services Bill 2009, government, legislature, and political system, community, values in workplace

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