What does it mean to do public policy ethics today? How should philosophers engage with ethical issues in policy-making when policy decisions are circumscribed by political and pragmatic concerns? How do ethical issues in public policy differ between areas such as foreign policy, criminal justice, or environmental policy?
The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy addresses all these questions and more, and is the first handbook of its kind. It is comprised of 41 chapters written by leading international contributors, and is organised into four clear sections covering the following key topics:
- Methodology: philosophical approaches to public policy, ethical expertise, knowledge, and public policy
- Democracy and public policy: identity, integration and inclusion: voting, linguistic policy, discrimination, youth policy, religious toleration, and the family
- Public goods: defence and foreign policy, development and climate change, surveillance and internal security, ethics of welfare, healthcare and fair trade, sovereignty and territorial boundaries, and the ethics of nudging
- Public policy challenges: criminal justice, policing, taxation, poverty, disability, reparation, and ethics of death policies.
The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, politics, and social policy. It will be equally useful to those in related disciplines, such as economics and law, or professional fields, such as business administration or policy-making in general.
Introduction Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama
PART 1: Ethics for Public Policy: Models and Methods 1. Method in Philosophy and Public Policy: Applied Philosophy versus Engaged Philosophy Jonathan Wolff 2. The Public Role of Ethics and Public Policy Jeffrey Howard 3. Application or Construction? Two Types of Public Policy Ethics Andrei Poama 4. Public Policy and Normative Methods Albert Weale 5. Models, Mechanisms, Metrics: The Entanglement of Methods of Policy Inquiry with Democratic Possibilities Susan Orr and James Johnson 6. Ethical Expertise and Public Policy John Harris and David Lawrence
PART 2: Public policy and the basics of government 7. Security and Police Ethics John Kleinig 8. More than Privacy: Thinking Ethically about Public Area Surveillance Benjamin Goold 9. Ethics and Criminal Justice Policy Matt Matravers 10. Territoriality and Personality: Concepts and Normative Considerations Helder de Schutter 11. What is public space for? Political imaginaries and policy implications Bernardo Zacka 12. The Ethics of Education Policies David Steiner 13. The Ethics of Tax Policy Ira K. Lindsay 14. The Ethics of Central Banking François Claveau, Peter Dietsch, and Clément Fontan 15. Ethics and Foreign Policy Michael Blake 16. Justice and Trade Policy Andrew Walton 17. Democratic Values and the Limits of War Christopher Kutz
PART 3: Public policy, inclusion and solidarity 18. The Political Ethics of Political Campaigns Dennis F. Thompson 19. Should Voting Be Compulsory? Democracy and the Ethics of Voting Annabelle Lever and Alexandru Volacu 20. The Ethics of Anti-Corruption Policies Emanuela Ceva and Maria Paola Ferretti 21. The Ethics of Anti-Discrimination Policies Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen 22. Race, Racism, and Social Policy Albert Atkin 23. Gender-egalitarian policies in the workplace and the family Anca Gheaus 24. Disability, Democratic Equality, and Public Policy Daniel Putnam 25. The Ethics of Indigenous Rights Teddy Harrison and Melissa S. Williams 26. The Ethics of Reparations Policies Alasia Nuti and Jennifer M. Page 27. The Ethics of Anti-Poverty Policies Jonathan Wolff 28. The Democratic Ethics of a Minimum Income Stuart White 29. Public Engagement in Health Policy: Mapping Aims and Approaches Matthew McCoy and Ezekiel J. Emanuel 30. The Ethics of Death Policies Søren Holm
PART 4: Public policy, diversity and sustainability 31. Ethics of Family Reunification Iseult Honohan 32. Are Civic Integration Tests Justifiable? A Three-Step Test Bouke de Vries 33. The Ethics of Language Policies Astrid von Busekist 34. The Ethics of Toleration and Religious Accommodations Aurelia Bardon and Emanuela Ceva 35. Freedom and destiny: how new technologies are influencing ethics and policy of abortion Giulia Cavaliere and John Harris 36. Towards a Democratic Ethics of Youth Policies Juliana Bidadanure 37. Measuring Intergenerational Justice for Public Policy Pieter Vanhuysse and Jörg Tremmel 38. Development and Climate Ethics Darrell Moellendorf 39. The Ethics of Waste Policy Ivo Wallimann-Helmer 40. The Ethics of Behavioural Public Policy Robert Lepenies and Magdalena Małecka 41. Ethics, Neuroscience and Public Policy: A Case Study of Raising Neuroscientists’ Awareness of the Problem of Dual Use Simon Whitby and Malcolm Dando
'The public urgently needs to regain the possibility of open-ended, principled discussion about public policy. Relatedly, those training future policy-makers need ways to go beyond offering isolated "ethics modules," as if policy could generally really be made solely by consulting facially neutral technocratic methods. Addressing both of these needs, this volume beautifully demonstrates, across a great variety of policy issues, how philosophical reflection that engages with concrete problems can offer insights that facilitate and enrich democratic discussion about what we should be trying to do.' - Henry S. Richardson, Georgetown University, USA
'The ethics of public policy grew out of political philosophy but has expanded so as to claim its own identity. But there is no work that defines the method, domain, and scope of the ethics of public policy. This Handbook does just that. It is the long-awaited manifesto for a new discipline in philosophy.' - Iwao Hirose, McGill University, Canada