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Restoring Responsibility

Restoring Responsibility
Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare

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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521547222

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  • In this important collection of essays Dennis Thompson argues for a more robust conception of responsibility in public life than prevails in contemporary democracies. He suggests that we should stop thinking so much about public ethics in terms of individual vices (such as selfishness or sexual misconduct) and start thinking about it more in terms of institutional vices (such as abuse of power and lack of accountability). Combining theory and practice with many concrete examples and proposals for reform, these essays could be used in courses in applied ethics or political theory and will be read by professionals and graduate students in schools of political science, public policy, law, public health, journalism and business.

    • Combines practical and theoretical approach to subject
    • Broad inter-disciplinary appeal
    • Thompson is prominent figure in Harvard government department
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    'This collection is much better than most … for two reasons. First of all, it is written by someone who actually knows both moral philosophy and organizational behavior. Second, it manages to view individuals as both moral agents and institutionally bound actors together - without merging individuals as moral agents with their institutional roles - by shifting our attention in ethics from a focus on individual vice to a focus on institutional vice. This latter move is very important.' Marion Smiley, Brandeis University

    '… well-written and intellectually stimulating …'. The British Journal of Leadership in Public Services

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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521547222
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    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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