Whose responsibility? The marginalization of personal responsibility and moral character

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards responsible government in East Asia
Subtitle of host publicationtrajectories, intentions and meanings
EditorsLinda Chelan Li
Place of PublicationLondon;New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages101-111
Edition1st
ISBN (electronic)9780203091647
ISBN (print)9780415453165, 9781138985841
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameComparative development and policy in Asia series

Abstract

The notion of responsibility carries multiple meanings, and the responsibility of a government can take on different shapes. A distinction exists between forward-looking and backward-looking conceptions of responsibility.1 According to the forward-looking conception, a responsible government should get herself well equipped and prepared for dealing with future contingencies, for example, financial crisis, natural disasters, war, and so on, and be capable of defending the collective interest, maintaining law and order, and ensuring national security and unity. A responsible government in the forward-looking sense thus implies a government with a reasonably high level of competence in governance.

Citation Format(s)

Whose responsibility? The marginalization of personal responsibility and moral character. / Chan, Ho Mun.
Towards responsible government in East Asia: trajectories, intentions and meanings. ed. / Linda Chelan Li. 1st. ed. London;New York: Routledge, 2009. p. 101-111 (Comparative development and policy in Asia series).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 12 - Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review