The Moral Dilemma of Democratic Leadership

John Kane and Haig Patapan

in The Democratic Leader

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650477
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739071 | DOI:
The Moral Dilemma of Democratic Leadership

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Democracy is held to be the most honest and open form of government, yet democratic citizens typically feel that their leaders are seldom completely truthful. This chapter explores in depth this commonplace paradox. Part of the issue is that democracies want a moral leader who will also do whatever is needed for the sake of the sovereign people. The tension between the moral and the necessary proves to be an intractable problem for democracies, and gives rise to the persistent dilemma of hypocrisy for democratic leaders.

Keywords: morality; ethics; lies; hypocrisy

Chapter.  9650 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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