Democracy, Trust and the Problem of ‘Dirty Hands’

Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (1):37-42 (2003)
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‘Dirty hands’ scenarios require politicians to commit moral violations to achieve worthwhile goals. To mitigate the harm done to the fiduciary relationship underlying a democratic society, I argue for the adoption of two procedures: retrospective accountability and special oversight committees. I also offer three criteria for a much-required political ethic.

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