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The Politics of Lying : Implications for Democracy - Lionel Cliffe

The Politics of Lying

Implications for Democracy

Hardcover Published: 17th March 2000
ISBN: 9780333717387
Number Of Pages: 236

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Secrecy and deception by those in power is a commonplace in contemporary politics. They seem to be even more pervasive and are generating widespread cynicism among the public. Yet this is the first work to give this phenomenon of 'official lying' pride of place and subject it to critical assessment. It also breaks new ground in combining the perspectives of political philosophy and political sociological analysis in that assessment. The treatment includes a number of empirical accounts of case-studies spanning foreign policy (the Iran-Contra affair, arms to Iraq, Pergau Dam) and internal politics and policies on everything from security to the environment (war on drugs, Northern Ireland security policy, mad- cow disease). In a practical conclusion, there is a discussion of what can be done in democracies to expand openness and accountability - by governments (freedom of information, for example) and by citizens empowering themselves.

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'A refreshing and timely study on an issue central to our understanding of how we are governed and one too often neglected by academics.' - Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian

Preface and an Introductionp. ix
Justifying and Explaining Political Deception in a Democracy
Justifications for Lying in Politicsp. 3
Democratic Dirty Handsp. 27
Explanations: The Political Contextp. 43
Explanations: Deception in the US Political Systemp. 56
Explanations: Secrecy and Deception in the UK Political Contextp. 80
The Iran-Contra Affairsp. 95
The 'War' on Drugsp. 109
The Scott Inquiry: Matrix Churchill and the Arms to Iraq Affairp. 130
The Pergau Dam Affair: Civil Aid and Arms Exportsp. 153
Shoot to killp. 166
BSE: Mad Cows and Deregulationp. 188
Conclusionsp. 207
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780333717387
ISBN-10: 0333717384
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 17th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1