Public Administration Papers Topic : Accountability and Control

Public Administration Papers Topic :  Accountability and Control

  • “Autonomy and Accountability in Public Enterprises cannot walk together” . Explain. (20 marks 2006)
  • Should media exposure be included in rules for administrative accountability in India ? State your views. (15 marks 2012)
  • ‘Media is a Parliament of citizen’s.Explain. (20 marks 2011)’
  • “Instruments of public accountability can be truly effective only if the people and their associations, backed by a responsible media, are assertively pro-active.” Comment (20 marks 2008)
  • Comment on the role of Civil Society in facilitating administrative accountability with special reference to the 'Jan lokpal' issue in India.  (15 marks 2012)
  • Define the term 'civil society'. How does civil society influence public policy? . (60 marks 2006)
  • Explain the basic principles underlying Citizen's Charter with special reference to  (60 marks 2010)

(a) its administrative philosophy.
(b) promoting public accountability.
(c) ensuring standards of public-service.

  • "Right to information promotes transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority." Explain. (60 marks 2007)
  • 'Open access to government records is ... the hallmark of a democratic government', but 'governments are not hesitant about destroying records - very deliberately - in order to prevent investigations, as well as to generally weaken accountability'. Do you think that in this situation right to information can go to the extent of demanding complete declassification and 'de - archivization' of government records? Argue.  (30 marks 2012)
  • “Governance theory and the notion of governmentality have many points of convergence, but they run on parallel lines.” Comment.(20 marks, 2014)
  • “The Right of Informal of not all about citizens’ empowerment, it essentially redefines the concept of accountability.” Discuss. (15 marks, 2014)
  • “Voluntary organizations have become tools of sensitization of governmental agencies.” Comment. (15 marks, 2014)
  • “Right from the days of the ‘Peoples’ Charter’ to the new concept of `Precariat Charter’, the concept of Citizen’s Charter and its scope is constantly evolving.” Comment. .(20 marks, 2015)
  • How far do you agree with the view that the growing influence of media comes in the way of agenda-setting by the Government? (15 marks, 2015)
  • “In spite of certain advantages, Social Audit arrangements have mostly been ineffective because there is no legal provision for punitive action.” (10 marks, 2016)
  • “The legislative control over administration is not as effective as it ought to be”.Comment.(15 marks, 2016)
  • “Civil Society performs a key role in defending people against the state and market and in asserting the democratic will to influence the State”. Analyze the statement with suitable.(15 marks, 2016)
  • Civil Society supplements and complements the State. However, its capacity and role depend upon the will of the State. Comment (15 marks, 2017)
  • When the media is controlled by vested interests, how can it control the vested interests in the government? How can the media become more responsible and impartial ? (15 marks, 2017)
  • Can it be said that statutory audit and social audit are two sides of the same coin? Or, are they separate coins with varying values? (15 marks, 2017)
  • "The political approach to Public Administration stresses on the values of representativeness, political responsiveness and accountability through elected officials to the citizenry" (David H. Rosembloom). Comment. (15 marks, 2018)
  • Edward Gibbon, the author of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire remarked : "Corruption, the most infallible symptom of Constitutional liberty." Critically examine this statement. (10 marks, 2018)
  • “Media the Fourth estate is in chains.” Examine the statement in the context of governmental accountability. (15 Marks ,2019)


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