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Public Policies-From The Dilemma Of Resources Allocation To The Ethical Decision Making


  • Dorina Þicu

    (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaºi Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Polictical Sciences Iaºi, România)


Public politicies are institutionalized activities, which develop in the public space and which have to aim at a resource allocation (in a material sense or not) to the members of a community. Public politics aim at the common good of a society or a community, implying the insurance of the best government. Article aims to assess the relationship between public policy and ethics from a theoretical perspective based on three guidelines: public policy-as actions to secure the general welfare (in terms of ethical and political theories), as actions that tend towards an ideal hierarchy of interests (in terms of utilitarianism, contractualism and ironism) and as actions seeking a fair allocation of resources (in terms of public choice theory). Such analysis becomes a challenge as long as, in practice, ethical principles can not be replaced or chosen at random.

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  • Dorina Þicu, 2011. "Public Policies-From The Dilemma Of Resources Allocation To The Ethical Decision Making," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(16), pages 110-116, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:aio:rteyej:v:1:y:2011:i:16:p:110-116

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    public policy; etics; ironism; hierarchy of interests; allocation of resources;

    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods


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