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Restoring Responsibility
Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare

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  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521838306

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  • Dennis Thompson argues for a more robust conception of responsibility in public life than prevails in contemporary democracies. Thompson suggests that we stop thinking about public ethics in terms of individual vices (such as selfishness or sexual misconduct) and start thinking about it in terms of institutional vices (such as abuse of power and lack of accountability).

    • Combines practical and theoretical approach to subject
    • Broad inter-disciplinary appeal
    • Thompson is prominent figure in Harvard government department
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    "...This fine volume presents the problems and offers worthwhile and insightful suggestions. Highly recommended." CHOICE May 2005

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521838306
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Demands of Institutional Politics:
    1. The moral responsibility of public officials: the problem of many hands
    2. Ascribing responsibility to advisers in government
    3. Bureaucracy and democracy
    4. Judicial responsibility: the problem of many minds
    5. Representatives in the welfare state
    Part II. Varieties of Institutional Failure:
    6. Democratic secrecy: the dilemma of accountability
    7. Mediated corruption: the case of the Keating Five
    8. Election time: normative implications of temporal properties of the electoral process in the US
    9. Hypocrisy and democracy
    10. Private life and public office
    Part III. Extensions of Institutional Responsibility:
    11. Restoring distrust: the ethics of oversight
    12. The institutional turn in professional ethics
    13. Hospital ethics
    14. Understanding financial conflicts of interest in medicine
    15. The privatization of business ethics
    16. Democratic theory and global society.

  • Author

    Dennis F. Thompson, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Dennis F. Thompson is Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy and Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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