Determinants of Ethical Behavior – UPSC Ethics

There are three main influences that determine the ethical behaviour and decisions:
  • Individual personality traits:
    individual value system,upbringing,education,religious beliefs,experiences,
    Family influence etc.
  • Culture/country of an individual
  • Organization/industry: prevailing ethics of the organization/ industry an individual works for.
Determinants of Ethics in Governance
The levels of ethics in governance are dependent on the social, economic ,political, cultural, legal-judicial and historical contexts of the country. These specific factors influence ethics in public administrative systems. Ethics, whether in an entire society, or in a social sub-system, evolves over a long period of time and is influenced, during its nurturance and growth, by a variety of environmental factors, such as, historical, socio-cultural, legal-judicial, political and economical.
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