Unethical practices of public service employees

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Irresponsible civil servants
Negligent public service employees
Corruption of civil servants
Misrepresentation of government authority
Criminal uses of the public service
Abuse of public interest
Embezzlement of public funds
Incompetent public officers
Bribery of civil servants

Employees of government are able to exploit such a position to their personal advantage or to that of others they may favour. Where the employee is in direct contact with outsiders requesting services (processing documents, supplying licenses, approving applications, etc.), such services may only be provided (rapidly) following "under-the-table" payments.


Official deceit, disinformation and dissembling are now so routine that they barely merit comment. As public services decay, the public is repeatedly reassured (with the support of suitably massaged statistics) that the generosity and benevolence of the state has never been greater. Public life has fallen into disrepute and the cynicism of the people knows no bounds.


Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
17.04.2019 – 11:20 CEST