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Restoring Responsibility : Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare - Dennis F. Thompson

Restoring Responsibility

Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare

Paperback Published: 18th January 2005
ISBN: 9780521547222
Number Of Pages: 360

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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.

'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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Need for Institutional Responsibilityp. 1
Demands of Institutional Politics
The Problem of Many Handsp. 11
The Responsibility of Advisersp. 33
Bureaucracy and Democracyp. 50
Judicial Responsibilityp. 71
Representatives in the Welfare Statep. 99
Varieties of Institutional Failure
Democratic Secrecyp. 129
Mediated Corruptionp. 143
Election Timep. 174
Hypocrisy and Democracyp. 209
Private Life and Public Officep. 227
Extensions of Institutional Responsibility
Restoring Distrustp. 245
The Institutional Turn in Professional Ethicsp. 267
Hospital Ethicsp. 278
Conflicts of Interest in Medicinep. 290
The Privatization of Business Ethicsp. 300
Democratic Theory and Global Societyp. 318
Creditsp. 337
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780521547222
ISBN-10: 0521547229
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 18th January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.53