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Political Ethics and Public Office

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PAPERBACK

$38.50 • £30.95 • €34.50

ISBN 9780674686069

Publication Date: 03/01/1990

Short

272 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

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Immediately upon publication, this becomes the text of choice for courses on the ethics of public officials… The major theme for which the book will be widely noticed and long remembered [is the] aim ‘to preserve the essentials of the traditional idea of personal responsibility against the pressures of organizational life.’Political Theory

The discussions throughout are careful and measured, conversant with a wide literature, and full of useful distinctions that allow many stalemates and logjams in the public understanding of political ethics to be bypassed or broken through… Even if readers are unconvinced by Thompson’s particular views, they will find in the essays indispensable tools for mounting alternative conclusions.American Political Science Review

This is an important book, not only for its groundbreaking contribution to the study of political ethics, but also more broadly, for its contributions to democratic theory. It should be of use to a wide range of political scientists as well as members of other academic disciplines.—Gary L. Jones, Perspective

Thompson’s book…sensitively and carefully probe[s] the implications of incorporating notions of ‘personal responsibility’ in our assessment of moral political life.Michigan Law Review

Awards & Accolades

  • 1988 Gladys M. Kammerer Award, American Political Science Association
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