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The ethical world of British MPs [electronic resource] / Maureen Mancuso.

By: Mancuso, Maureen.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995Description: 1 online resource (x, 238 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780773512610; 0773512616; 9780773565159 (electronic bk.); 0773565159 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons -- Ethics | Legislators -- Professional ethics -- Great Britain | Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons | Grande-Bretagne. Parliament. House of Commons -- Morale | Parlementaires -- Grande-Bretagne -- D�eontologie | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- General | Gro�britannien -- Unterhaus | Abgeordneter | Politische Ethik | Gesetzgebende Gewalt | Gro�britannienGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ethical world of British MPs.DDC classification: 172/.2 Online resources: EBSCOhost Summary: The ethical standards of the British House of Commons depend almost entirely upon the personal ethics of its individual members. Parliament expects that its members, as holders of a public trust, will be "honourable members" in both name and deed. Maureen Mancuso examines the current state of British legislative ethics and raises important theoretical questions about whether the ethical standards of an institution should be left in the hands of individual members. Based on extensive personal interviews with more than one hundred MPs, Mancuso's is the first systematic investigation of British legislative ethics. Identifying significant divergence in ethical attitudes, she divides MPs into four types: the Puritans, who stake out the moral high ground; the Servants, who conform to the traditional ideal of the MP as public-spirited constituency advocate; the Muddlers, who are not bothered by personal conflicts of interest; and the Entrepreneurs, who use their position to achieve any end not explicitly prohibited. The implications of this unexpectedly diverse ethical ecosystem are explored, as well as various possibilities for reform.
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The ethical standards of the British House of Commons depend almost entirely upon the personal ethics of its individual members. Parliament expects that its members, as holders of a public trust, will be "honourable members" in both name and deed. Maureen Mancuso examines the current state of British legislative ethics and raises important theoretical questions about whether the ethical standards of an institution should be left in the hands of individual members. Based on extensive personal interviews with more than one hundred MPs, Mancuso's is the first systematic investigation of British legislative ethics. Identifying significant divergence in ethical attitudes, she divides MPs into four types: the Puritans, who stake out the moral high ground; the Servants, who conform to the traditional ideal of the MP as public-spirited constituency advocate; the Muddlers, who are not bothered by personal conflicts of interest; and the Entrepreneurs, who use their position to achieve any end not explicitly prohibited. The implications of this unexpectedly diverse ethical ecosystem are explored, as well as various possibilities for reform.

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