Published with Routledge.
Legislative ethics - does such a thing exist? Can it?
This book answers in contrast to the apparent agreement among the media and the public that the answer to both questions is a resounding 'No!'.
Ethics and Political Practice considers both the existing problems, in term of perception (by the public and legislators themselves), institutions, education and procedures, and suggests ways forward for engendering and maintaining a healthy ethical community in the legislative sphere. Codes of conduct, the role of the media, the need for education and a balance between a maximalist versus a minimalist approach are discussed.
Table of Contents
Signposts in Political Ethics
‘Appearance’ as an Ethical Standard
Strange Distinctions: Parliamentarians, Political Parties and Legislative Ethics Research
Politics, Public Life and the Ethical Imperative
Politicising Ethics: Scandal and the American Experience
Ethics Counsellor: The Canadian Experience
Changing Institutional Ethics: The New Zealand Case
Watchdog or Attack Dog? The Media, Politics and Ethics
Constructing Codes: Pitfalls and Challenges
Insider’s Viewpoints: contributions from current and former politicians
Prospects and Challenges for Legislative Ethics
Codes of Conduct and Legislation from the US, UK, Canada, Australia & Hong Kong