Democracy, Social Values, and Public Policy

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Milton Michael Carrow, Robert Paul Churchill, Robert P. Churchill, Joseph J. Cordes
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Political Science - 201 pages
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Transcending the widespread concerns about deteriorating moral values in American society, this collection focuses on the common values of American society. Through the perspectives of philosophers, historians, political scientists, theologians, anthropologists, economists, and scientists, this book examines American social values and discusses how they are applied in current areas of public interest.

American democratic ideals are not simply rooted in the conventional structural and institutional elements of a democracy, such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. American democracy, in fact, could not survive without a strong basis of social values that support community, tolerance, and cooperation. Since social values form the common bonds of society, and may not be supported by individual members, they are determined through a complex cultural, legal, and political process, as one of the contributors points out.

The contributors to this book were assembled from a variety of disciplines and professions to examine social values and analyze their application in specific areas of current controversy. Through the perspectives of philosophy, anthropology, history, economics, political science, biomedical ethics, and religion, these discussions cover not only disciplinary perspectives but cover topics such as the environment, intergenerational interaction, social welfare policies, gender, and genetic engineering.


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A Framework for Democracy Social Values and Public Policy
The Origin of Social Values
The Wellsprings of Social Values
American Democratic Institutions and Social Values
Social Values and Public Policy A Contribution from a Religious Tradition
In Search of Identity Economics and Values
Policy Analysis and Social Values
The Ethics of CostBenefit Analysis Incommensurable Incompatible and Incomparable Values
Social Welfare Policies and Values
Women Gender Values and Public Policy
Democratic Rhetoric and Genetic Engineering Who Owns the Human Gene Pool?
Democracy Social Values and Public Policy Concluding Commentary
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Intergenerational Interaction on Resource Allocation

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MILTON M. CARROW is Research Professor of Public Policy in the Graduate Program in Public Policy at The George Washington University.

ROBERT PAUL CHURCHILL is Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University.

JOSEPH J. CORDES is Professor of Economics in the Graduate Program in Public Policy at The George Washington University.

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