Responsible Governance: A Case Study Approach

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Overview

"Responsible governance is fundamental to the legitimacy, stability, trust, and credibility of government. Yet, as we know, perceptions and definitions of responsibility may change over time and place, depending on the setting and the situation at hand. Nevertheless, it is important to try to define the range of acceptable actions by the representatives of government, to strengthen institutional norms as well as individual officials' personal understanding of the ethical constraints on their behavior, and to attach consequences to violations of these norms." Because that is not as easy a task as it sounds, this book uses case studies to describe what in retrospect appear to be egregious deviations from acceptable behavior. At the conclusion of each case, questions are posed that probe the ethical nature of specific actions. In the process of analyzing these cases, students will begin to formulate conceptions of ethical public sector behavior and responsible governance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765620606
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/24/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Responsible Governance: A Case Study Approach 3

2 The Foundations of Responsible Governance 16

3 The Influence of Money on Elections 43

4 Images of Responsibility: Honesty and Patronage in Government 87

5 Responsibility and International Law 127

6 Conclusions 171

Bibliography 183

Index 191

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