n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Newspaper reports abound with cases of bribery, corruption, unprofessional conduct as well as white collar crime. Burglary, assault and murder also seem to be daily occurrences. The question could be posed on the role of government in this regard. Could government, through its extensive machinery, succeed in combating these crime waves that are sweeping society and endangering the social fabric of contemporary society? There is probably no single answer as the situation could not be attributed to only criminal tendencies, but also to sociological and economic factors. Perhaps most disturbingly it may even be exacerbated by a break down in ethical and moral values. This is exemplified by the fact that public servants who are the servants of society misuse e.g. child grants and members of Parliament who are the custodians of the electorate and of society in general misuse travel grants for their own personal purposes.

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