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Honest Politics Now

What ethical conduct means in Canadian public life

Edited by Ian Greene and David P. Shugarman

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There have been enormous changes in Canadian public life in the past two decades. More and more, politicians and officials are expected to act honestly and in the public interest. Yet, for many, honest politics is still an oxymoron.

Using high-profile political scandals as case studies, this book explores the standards of accountability to which Canadian politicians are now being held. The authors discuss conflict-of-interest and abuse-of-trust cases such as Brian Mulroney's receipt at secret meetings of envelopes stuffed with thousand dollar bills; the gas plant scandal in Ontario; Allison Redford's self-serving authorizations of spending in Alberta; Mike Duffy and the Senate expenses scandal; party financing cases such as the Robocalls affair; "dirty hands" examples such as the sponsorship scandal and the Arrar affair; the "cash for access" controversy surrounding Justin Trudeau's fundraisers; and municipal issues including the sagas of Rob Ford and Hazel McCallion.

Canada is a leader among countries promoting ethical politics in a democratic society. In this book expert authors from across the country discuss the strengths and weaknesses of measures now in place and point to the most important challenges that remain before Canadians can believe that honesty prevails in public life.


Preface to the New Edition
Ian Greene and David P. Shugarman

Chapter 1: Ethics and the Principles of Democracy

David P. Shugarman, Ian Greene and Naomi Couto

Chapter 2: Ethical Duties

David P. Shugarman, Ian Greene and Naomi Couto

Chapter 3: Ethical Problems in Public Life

Ian Greene, David P. Shugarman and Robert Shepherd

Chapter 4: Case Studies: Conflicts of Interest and Entitlement

Ian Greene and Robert Shepherd

Chapter 5: Ethics Commissions

Ian Stedman and Ian Greene

Chapter 6: Money in Politics: The Ethics of Election Finance Regulation and Expense Claims Oversight

Lori Turnbull, Ian Greene and Robert Shepherd

Chapter 7: Ethics of Lobbying and Influence

Robert Shepherd

Chapter 8: Whistle-blowing and Ethical Practice

Robert Shepherd

Chapter 9: Municipal Ethics Issues

Gregory Levine and Naomi Couto

Chapter 10: Dirty Hands, Deception and Duplicity

David P. Shugarman and Shaun Young

Chapter 11: Why Ethical Politics is Essential

David P. Shugarman and Ian Greene




Selected References


"If ethical politics are someday to become as much a hallmark of our democratic system as free elections, we must have a critical mass of citizens who understand, practise and promote public integrity. Reading this book might help us get there."

- John K. Collins Winnipeg Free Press

Ian Greene has taught public policy and administration at York University since 1985. Greene is a University Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and was Master of McLaughlin College in York University for seven years until 2011. He was the founding Director of York's Masters program in Public Policy, Administration and Law. Greene's most recent book is The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

David P. Shugarman is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he received his B.A. (Hons) from the University of Alberta, and his M.A. in Political Economy and Ph.D. in Political Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His recent publications include chapters, essays, and articles on the commission of inquiry into into the sponsorship scandal, public inquiries, and democratic accountability.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 392 pages
Publication Date: 13th June 2017
ISBN: 9781459412415
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 392 pages
Publication Date: 15th May 2017
ISBN: 9781459412422
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  HIS006000, POL016000, POL056000, POL064000
Imprint: Lorimer


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