Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Robison James
The word "politician" may, in today's society, bring with it some very bad connotations. Most people view politicians and elected officials as coniving scoundrels, shady characters, and power hungry villains. It may be true that some politicians are all of the above and more, but many of the office holders who run our legislatures and other branches of government are concerned with what is ethically and morally correct behavior in the political arena.
Unfortunately, the role of the elected public official is not always clear cut. For example, there is no universally acceptable definition of the duty of being a "representative." Therefore, it is obvious that every elected official has his own view of what it means to "represent." ·However, this does not mean that every view is morally justifiable. There is a definite superior choice between the alternatives that makes the other theories not as ethically acceptable.
Muller, Janet M., "Political ethics and responsibility : the role of the elected official" (1985). Honors Theses. 608.