Public Service Ethos
Those pursuing a career in public administration must have a commitment to public service values. These values include pursuing the public interest with accountability and transparency; serving professionally with competence, efficiency and objectivity; acting ethically so as to uphold the public trust; and demonstrating respect, equality, and fairness in dealings with citizens, clients, and fellow public servants.
Serving the common good and having a public service ethos are critical components of being a public administrator; however, when public administrators and organizations fail to serve the public in accordance with these values, there can be negative impacts to individuals, organizations, and communities, as we see in the case about the torture at Abu Ghraib.
For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Reflect on the Abu Ghraib case study, and recall what you have learned in this course about public administration and administrative evil. If you were an organizational consultant in this case, what recommendations would you make based on best practices in public administration? Consider the individual, organizational, and policy perspectives.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post one organizational, one individual, and one policy perspective you may provide that might have changed the outcome in the Abu Ghraib case. Explain one challenge that you might face in implementing those recommendations in your country or region. Be specific, and justify your response.
Please include your responses.