The Federation Press

Ethics and Political Practice

Perspectives on legislative ethics


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

The Editors

Signposts in Political Ethics
John Uhr

‘Appearance’ as an Ethical Standard
Alan Rosenthal

Strange Distinctions: Parliamentarians, Political Parties and Legislative Ethics Research
Rodney Smith

Politics, Public Life and the Ethical Imperative
WG Hayden

Politicising Ethics: Scandal and the American Experience
Maureen Mancuso

Ethics Counsellor: The Canadian Experience
Howard Wilson

Changing Institutional Ethics: The New Zealand Case
Colin Hicks

Watchdog or Attack Dog? The Media, Politics and Ethics
Stephen Tanner

Constructing Codes: Pitfalls and Challenges
Meredith Burgmann

Insider’s Viewpoints: contributions from current and former politicians
Michael Beahan
Cheryl Kernot

Prospects and Challenges for Legislative Ethics
Noel Preston

Codes of Conduct and Legislation from the US, UK, Canada, Australia & Hong Kong
References/ Index

Of interest...