Introduction: Ethical dilemmas, social values, and public policy: The context of governance and citizenship

Lock Betty YUNG

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Abstract

Public policy affects everyone in society. There are winners and losers in each public policy or public policy action. Not only should public policy makers balance out winners and losers in public policy so that there will not be ‘permanent losers,’ they should also strike a balance between immediate, short-term ‘happiness’ and future, long-term ‘happiness.’ The search for ‘good governance’ is a continual human pursuit. Having sensible social values, defining the good, together with sound procedural and managerial values as means, will better safeguard ‘good governance.’ Building on the nascent scholarly attention to the role of values in governance, this book will examine a number of case studies of ethical dilemmas in public policy from the perspective of social values, giving food for thought for how to achieve good governance. The ability to analyze public policy issues rationally and make constructive suggestions to improve public policy will be an important characteristic of a good citizen, and sound citizenship education cannot be devoid of the social value dimension. Copyright © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthical dilemmas in public policy: The dynamics of social values in the east-west context of Hong Kong
EditorsBetty YUNG, Kam-por YU
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages1-19
ISBN (Print)9789811004377, 9789811004353
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Citation

Yung, B. (2016). Introduction: Ethical dilemmas, social values, and public policy: The context of governance and citizenship. In B. Yung, & K.-P. Yu (Eds.), Ethical dilemmas in public policy: The dynamics of social values in the east-west context of Hong Kong (pp. 1-19). Singapore: Springer Verlag.

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