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How Honest Do Politicians Need to Be?

Birch, Sarah and Allen, Nicholas (2010) 'How Honest Do Politicians Need to Be?' The Political Quarterly, 81 (1). pp. 49-56. ISSN 0032-3179

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This article reports findings from a recent survey of citizens' attitudes towards standards in British public life. It provides further evidence that people hold their political leaders to high standards, yet are often disappointed by the reality, and suggests that many citizens tend to blame the practice and institutions of politics for making politicians less honest and trustworthy than they would ideally like. The article argues that reforms to the political system are needed to regain the confidence of the population, but that the manner in which the most recent round of ethics reforms in the House of Commons were introduced may lower the prospects of their achieving this goal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: expenses scandal; public opinion; political ethics; corruption
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 13:48
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2013 13:48

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