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The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Annabelle Lever, Andrei Poama


560 pages

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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.


'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

Table of Contents

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.


About the Editors

Annabelle Lever is Professeure des Universités à Sciences Po, Paris. She is the author of On Privacy (2012), and A Democratic Conception of Privacy (2014), the editor of New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property (2014), and the co-editor of Ideas that Matter: Justice, Democracy, Rights (2018).

Andrei Poama is Assistant Professor (with a focus on ethics and political philosophy) at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics

Applied ethics is one of the largest and most diverse fields in philosophy and is closely related to many other disciplines across the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics are state-of-the-art surveys of important and emerging topics in applied ethics, providing accessible yet thorough assessments of key fields, themes, thinkers, and recent developments in research.

All chapters for each volume are specially commissioned, and written by leading scholars in the field. Carefully edited and organized, Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics provide indispensable reference tools for students and researchers seeking a comprehensive overview of new and exciting topics in applied ethics and related disciplines. They are also valuable teaching resources as accompaniments to textbooks, anthologies, and research-orientated publications.


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