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The Concept of Social Equity
This section reviews government and business concepts of social equity. You will identify the concept of social equity and the role of government in social equity issues and describe financial management, accountability, and ethical conduct in the public sector. In 1968, a group of dissident public administration scholars gathered at the Meadowbrook conference center near Syracuse, NY and held a large conference on the state of the field. This was not a conference supported by ASPA – the American Society for Public Administration. Most of these individuals, including their inspirational leader Frank Marini, were considered the “Young Turks” of public administration and their papers were published in the Public Administration Review. Twenty years later another conference was held to judge the degree to which, if any, their arguments for change in public management implementation had mattered. One of their primary goals was to bring a great sense of social equity in the delivery of public service.
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Assignment 7 Social Equity Policy
The National Academy of Public Administration defines social equity as “The fair, just and equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly or by contract; the fair, just and equitable distribution of public services and implementation of public policy; and the commitment to promote fairness, justice, and equity in the formation of public policy.” (National Academy of Public Administration, 2009).
This activity contains two components: A discussion and a written assignment. There are two options for Part 2.
Activity Resources
Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W., & Borick, C., (2011), Chapters 13 and 14
Main Task Part 1: (2 points): Discuss Key Points of Political Influences on Public Administration
In Activity 1, you initiated a discussion of your concepts, ideas, and thoughts on the impact of political influence in public administration. The goal of this discussion is for you to summarize your thoughts on the key points of this concept as it relates to public administration. This discussion will be open-ended to afford you the opportunity to interact with your course instructor and possibly other students for the duration of the course.
Please note that your content post is due by 11:59:59 on Wednesday of this week. Once this is complete please post a response post by 11:59:59 on Sunday, the due date of this activity.
Length: Content post 150-200 words; response post 75-100 words.
Both your content post and your response post should reflect a collegial attitude, be free of grammar and spelling errors, and include criteria mentioned above.
Post the response for Part 1 into the Activity Discussion Forum area below the Activity screen.
Main Task Part 2 (10 points): Synthesize Social Equity Policy
Option 1: Develop a paper that critically examines social equity policy in the United States. Be certain to include the following
• Explain how social equity policy is often developed incrementally in response to social need and how the government understands social equity,
• Use the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to do so,
• Identify two (2) notable governmental policies that have helped foster the ideal of equality in the United States, and
• In your opinion, has enough has been done by the government today to ensure a level playing field in terms of race, color, and ethnic origin?

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According to Fredrickson (2010) states Woodrow Wilson once said, “it is harder to run a constitution than to frame one” and administration is external to business norms. The basis of social equity can be found in the basis of public administration as fairness, justice and equality are its building points. Laws are created by individuals; however, laws are not written in such a manner as to be simply implemented as written to be applied systematically. Public administration puts the law in motion which necessitates comprehending the law and judgment in its employment. It is by means of public agencies in which leaders appointed by the public perform in our methods of governing ourselves battle with fairness, equality and justice.
Initially the process of social equity in association with public administration the priority was primarily on race and gender hiring discrimination, service delivery and individualistic participation. The adept and financial administration of government agencies distinguished the ethical rationale utilized in America as the assumption influence of competent administration combined with skill, knowledge and expertise would be fairly and equitably distributed to everyone. Over time it became evident public administrator finely came to the realization they were accountable for the unfairness and injustice application of policy prompting the need for social equity often referred to as the “third pillar” (Frederickson, 2005) of public administration.   
Social equity is has come to include a range of complex issues related to fairness, equality and justice in public administration with the first being laws related to fair working conditions which is considered an expectation in today’s working environment while years...
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