The Ethical Paradox of Democratic Leadership

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Title The Ethical Paradox of Democratic Leadership
Author Kane, John
Journal Name Taiwan Journal of Democracy
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Taipei
Publisher Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
Abstract Democracy is arguably ethically superior because democratic openness fosters truth-telling as a public value, yet democratic citizens typically distrust their representatives and suspect them of peddling lies or half-truths. This paradox arises because democratic rulers are conceived as servants of a sovereign people who may electorally replace them. Servants must often expediently and hypocritically tell the sovereign what it wants to hear rather than unpalatable truths. Yet popular sovereignty provides a key to distinguishing those lies that democrats will tolerate and those they will not, namely any whose tendency or intention is to usurp the sovereignty of the people.
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Volume 3
Issue Number 2
Page from 33
Page to 52
ISSN 1815-7238
Date Accessioned 2008-02-21
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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