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Paying Our High Public Officials
Evaluating the Political Justifications of Top Wages in the Public Sector
In almost every liberal democratic society, an issue that is a topic of constant and passionate public discussion is how much that country’s ministers, legislators, senior civil servants, and senior judges should be paid. Paying Our High Public Officials examines the political discourse concerning this question in 17 liberal democracies. Based on many hundreds of parliamentary debates, newspaper articles, speeches, as well as reports by think tanks and high commissions of state, the book identifies seven central arguments that occur in all these societies, translates them into the language of analytical philosophy, and then rigorously evaluates them. This approach contributes to a better understanding of this controversy and may result in better-justified and more legitimate conclusions concerning which policy to adopt.
236 pages; ISBN 9781135131265
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