Public Administration Papers Topic : Personnel Administration

Public Administration Papers Topic : Personnel Administration

  • Recruitment is the backbone of Public Administration. Explain. (20 marks 2004)
  • It is said that 'position classification', as originally conceived is sound in terms of its operational characteristics, but complicated and unresponsive in practice. Why is it still considered better than other models of civil service classification?  (60 marks 2009)
  • "If positions are the raw material of classification, class is the operating unit:' Discuss. (20 marks 2005)
  • Why do public organisations evaluate employees' performance? How can performance evaluation. systems affect employees' behaviour? How can administration effectively evaluate employees?  (60 marks 2005)
  • Discuss in this connection the case for an against promotion based on seniority.  (40 marks 2010)
  • "The widening gap In emoluments of government employees versus the public sector corporations and private sector employees has a strong bearing on the motivation and ability to work." Comment. (60 marks 2007)
  • Civil Service neutrality is a thing of the Past. (20 marks 2004)
  • Briefly discuss the principles of ensuring ethics in public service as recommended in the Nolan Committee Report (1994). (20 marks 2010)
  • The administrator needs autonomy and discretion in much the same way as the politician needs control and intervention. Discuss.  (20 marks 2004)
  • Account for the increasing corruption in Administration. Suggest remedies to curb administrative corruption.(60 marks 2003)
  • Distinguish fully between the syndicate method, role playing method, and T-Group training method in personnel management. (40 marks 2010)
  • "Training has proved its incapacity to change the attitudes, behaviour and values of civil servants." Do you agree with this statement ?  (20 marks 2008)
  • "Training is essential not only for efficiency and effectiveness but also for broadening the vision of the employees:' Substantiate.  (20 marks 2007)
  • "Training is practical education in any profession, not only to improve skills but also to develop attitudes and scheme of values necessary for effective performance." Elaborate. (20 marks 2003)
  • 'Position Classification can be problematic. A serious complaint in its practice is that it dehumanises the employee":'  Discuss.(20 marks 2011)
  • "To talk of administrative modernization and still continue with the conventional practice of public personnel administration is a gross incongruity." Offer suggestions to initiate radicals . reforms in Human Resource Management of public administrative systems. (60 marks 2008)
  • The 'selection model of recruitment rests on the assumption that the primary needs to be met are those of the organization.' Examine.  (15 marks 2012)
  • “The technical and multidisciplinary nature of e-government has created an interdependent relationship within government between policymakers, programme administrators and technical specialists.” Analyze in the context of generalist-specialist relationships. (20 marks 2014)
  • “Many Asian and African countries have inherited the colonial idea of civil services as a privileged elite. Hence, the social status of the civil services is an important aspect of the bureaucracy’s unsuitability for change.” Comment. (15 marks 2014)
  • Analyse the relevance of W hitleyism in contemporary employer — employee relationship. (10 marks 2015)
  • “Administrative ethics is a process of independently critiquing decision standards, based on core social values that can be discovered, within reasonable organisational boundaries that can be defined, subject to the personal and professional accountability.” (Denhardt). Explain. (20 marks 2015)
  • Distinguish between ‘Codes of Conduct’ and ‘Codes of Ethics’. Justify your answer(15 marks 2015)
  • “The position-classification attempts to establish a triangular relationship between duties and responsibilities, working conditions and qualification requirements.” Elucidate. (15 marks 2015)
  • “Training is considered as paid holidays.” Comment(10 marks 2016)
  • “A central reason for utilization of Performance Appraisal is performance improvement of the employees.” In the light of the statement, analyze the needs of Performance Appraisal in an organization. (15 marks 2016)
  • “Disciplinary action may be informal and formal.” Explain and point out the provisions made in the Constitution or Statute to check the misuse of power to take disciplinary action. (15 marks 2016)
  • “360 degree performance appraisal system is a rational idea, but it involves complex and inauthentic procedures”. How can it be made foolproof?(10 marks, 2017 )
  • ”Lateral entry of competent experts into the government will promote freshness and innovation, but it can create problems of accountability.” (15 marks, 2017)
  • “Various components of Human Resource Management are inter- related .” Discuss(20  marks, 2017)
  • “Administrative ethics includes the code of conduct of civil servants, but goes beyond it as well.” Discuss(15  marks, 2017)
  • “Administrative values have no value unless they are valued by all stakeholders of the governance system." Comment. (15 marks 2018)
  •  “Lateral entry is an antidote to complacency in civil service.” Discuss. (15 marks 2018)
  • Currently, administrative training focuses more on improving efficiency than on transforming the attitudes and behaviour of civil servants. What type of training will you suggest to fill this gap ? Elaborate. (15 marks 2018)
  • “Governance is neither a paradigm nor a panacea for all the ills of government. It may be a more useful approach when other methods fail in providing public service.” Critically evaluate. (20 Marks, 2019)
  • A more effective system of performance appraisal should acknowledge the subjective elements in it and be less obsessed with the objective criteria. Elucidate. (15 Marks, 2019)
  • The imperatives of administrative ethics are necessarily an antidote to “I was only obeying the orders” argument by public official. Explain. (15 Marks, 2019)
  • In the absence of a merit-based, fair and objective civil service a more partisan and corrupt government will emerge. Is the statement justified? Give reason. (15 Marks, 2019) 
  • "Prevention of misconduct requires institutionalization of ethical values at the political and administrative levels." Justify.(10 Marks, 2020) 
  • "Performance Management Framework enables a clear line of sight between planning, measuring and monitoring performance." Critically analyse.(15 Marks, 2020)


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