Imperfect Democracy and the Moral Responsibilities of Policy Advisers

  • Michael S. McPherson
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


The idea of democracy plays an important role in reflection on the ethics of policy advising. Advisers to democratic governments are comforted by the thought that those whom they serve are in turn (at least at some remove) servants of “the people,” chosen by the people, and that the values motivating the policies they help to shape are in some sense “society’s values,” expressed through the democratic process.


Moral Responsibility Ethical Theory Moral Dilemma Democratic Process Policy Adviser 
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© The Hastings Center 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. McPherson
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    • 2
  1. 1.Williams CollegeWilliamstownUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced StudySchool of Social SciencePrincetonUSA

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