Appeal of Ethical Accountability in Public Administration

Drahomíra Ondrová


The contribution is focused on one of the most fundamental ethical values and principles applied in public administration environment – responsibility and personal accountability of public officials and administrators, who have to be liable and answerable for their deeds and actions towards certain community, regional or local, and towards general public as well. The introductory part deals with the explanation of two concepts in question, responsibility and accountability regarding the processes of making, guarding and managing agreements, decisions and expectations in any relations, covering the area of public administration from the ethical point of view. The theoretical contemplation takes into consideration teleological and deontological conceptions, followed by practical summary of the public administration accountability mechanism. Finally, the basic ethical aspects and accountability levels are dealt with, keeping in mind that inner and outer influences on administrators’ and public officials’ accountability are connected with their behavior and decision-making.

Słowa kluczowe: public administration, ethics, responsibility, accountability, administrators, public users

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