Recently, the Second Administrative Reforms Commission, while submitting its report on "Ethics in Governance" termed it as its most important report. Why not? Ethics is the essence of good governance and a sine qua non of an effective and responsive democracy. An eminent ICS officer, AD Gorwala had mentioned in 1951 that there were three cardinal principles of good administration: Efficiency, Economy and Integrity. Of late, we have cared more for the first two than for the last.
With the Transparency International highlighting periodically the low integrity index of India and with the phenomenal rise of government corruption, buttressed by the private sector, it is time that the Indian governance system halted the onslaught of unethical conduct in public affairs.
This anthology critically analyzes the roots of unscrupulous immorality in public systems and argues for reinventing probity and rectitude in the entire domain of governance. From the Shanti Parva to Kautilva and from Sardar Patel to Manmohan Singh there has been a perennial quest for highest standards of conduct in public affairs. This volume is part of that great tradition. It will interest all the serious students and practitioners of Policy Sciences, Public Administration and Management Sciences.
About Author :
RAMESH K. ARORA, MPA, M.Phil., PH.D. (Kansas, USA) was Professor, Head and Dean at the University of Rajasthan and Professor of Public Administration at HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration Jaipur where he is serving presently as Visiting Professor. He is Chairman of Management Development Academy and Director, Centre for Self Excellence.
Professor Arora was Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kansas and Senior Fulbright Fellow at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, New York. He has lectured on critical aspects of Development, Ethics, Administration, Management and Behavioural Sciences at several eminent Indian and international institutions. Besides he has directed more than three hundred training programmes for the executives in the public and the private sectors. Dr. Arora is the Editor of Administrative Change and Prashasnika and has written or edited more than forty books which include Ethics and Accountability in Government and Business, Corporate Governance and Vision and Values: Prof. D.S. Kothari Birth Centenary Volume.
1. Introduction: Multi-Dimensionality of Ethical Governance
2. Code of Conduct for Public Servants
3. Value-Centric Civil Service
4. Probity in Public Life: A Holistic View
5. Ethical Concerns in Public Administration
6. Role of Ethics in Administration
7. The Spirit of Civil Service
8. Ailing System and its Cure
9. Challenging Corruption in the Indian Public Service
10. Fighting Corruption: A No End Game
11. Towards Corruption-free Sustainable Development: Challenges and Strategies
12. Corruption and Business: An Indian Perspective
13. Ethics of Corporate Governance: Lessons for Government
14. Ethical Issues in Governance: A Cross-Cultural H R Model
15. Assessing Moral Value for Recruitment to Higher Civil Services
16. Role of NGOs in Combating Corruption for Quality Governance
17. Summary of Recommendations of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission report on "Ethics in Governance"