The term “ethics” in the context of public administration can be best described in terms of the following:
(1) Systemic and objective assessment of ongoing government processes.
(2) Justification of coercive power and with the creation of morality.
(3) General acceptance by society that the power of government is proper.
(4) Evaluation and application of morality through standards, rules or codes of conduct within government institutions.
Number 4 is the answer, that is, evaluation and application of morality, through standards, rules and codes of conduct within government institutions.