An Ethical Framework for Governmental Responsibility To The Electorate
AbstractPoliticians regularly give undertakings to the electorate as to their future conduct in order to generate support for (re)election. The author analyses an ethical framework through which the conduct of politicians in this context may be evaluated. The main elements of the framework are accountability, public expectation, credibility and reputation, and public service. It is contended that, pursuant to such criteria, a case can be made for a change in the manner and form of governmental disclosure to the electorate, and for the implementation of a code of ethics governing public undertakings.
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