Ethics and Public Policy: Mehtod and Cases / Edition 1

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This book presents three systematic methods for analyzing public policy issues: utilitarianism, deontology, and prudent pragmatism. It argues for the superiority of prudent pragmatism to the other two approaches. These are described in Part One, together with substantive American values which form the assumptons of ethical analysis. Part Two contains an historical discussion of six public policy areas and presents two detailed case studies in each area. Each case is analysed from the standpoint of utilitarian, deontological, and prudent pragmatic ethics, and an effort is made to show why prudent pragmatism produces the most satisfying results

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131893436
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/14/2006
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 611,998
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter I - Introduction
Ethics and Policy-Making
Chapter II – American Political Culture: Core Values
Five Value Clusters
Values and Generational Change
Chapter III – A Framework for Ethical Public Policy Analysis
Deontological Ethics (Kantianism)
Prudent Pragmatism
Chapter IV – Prudent Pragmatism and Consensus: Case Ethics in Monist and in Pluralist
' Society
The Fusion of Religion and Politics in Monist Society
Case Morality in Monist Society
Casuistry in Medieval Europe
Consensus in Pluralist Society

Chapter V – Prudent Pragmatism and Democratic Polity: Citizen, Representative, and
Policy Analyst
Citizenship in a Democracy
Representation and Representatives
Policy Analysis in Deliberative Democracy


Preface to Part Two
Chapter VI – National Health Care Policy
The United States Public Health System
Controlling Tobacco As a Hazardous Substance
Case Study: New York’s Response to Second-Hand Smoke
Paying for Individual Health Care: The Insurance Dilemma
Prescription Drugs and Medicare: A Case Study

Chapter VII – Criminal Justice
The Administration of Criminal Justice: An Historical Perspective
Racial Profiling and the War on Drugs
Racial Profiling in New Jersey: A Case Study
Combating Subversion: Crime Control or War
The Lackawanna Six: A Case Study

Chapter VIII – Social Welfare in the U.S.: Conflicting Principles of Distributive
The Welfare State in Europe and in America
America’s Response to Immigration: Illegals and Welfare
Welfare and Illegal Aliens: the Case of California
Health Care for the Poor
Medicaid and the Poor in Allegany County: A Case Study
Chapter IX – Biotechnology and Humanity
The Biotechnology Revolution
Public Control of Scientific Research
Stem Cell Research
The Bush Prohibition: A Case Study
Organ Transplantation and Organ Donation
Enhancing the Organ Supply by Changing the Moral
Culture: A Case Study

Chapter X – The Natural Environment and Human Well-Being
Environmental Policy a Major Concern
Clean Air
The Clear Skies Initiative: A Case Study
The Harnessing of America’s Rivers
Problems and Contradictions in the Dam Complex:
A Case Study

Chapter XI – Ethical Defense
America in the World: Leader or Hegemon?

America at War
Preemptive War
The Invasion of Iraq: A Case Study

The Treatment of Enemy Prisoners in Wartime: Jus in Bello
Interrogations in Abu Ghraib Prison: A Case Study
Chapter XII- Conclusion

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