Volume 10, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2003
Stephen de Wijze
Democracy, Trust and the Problem of ‘Dirty Hands’
‘Dirty hands’ scenarios require politicians to commit moral violations to achieve worthwhile goals. To mitigate the harm done to the fiduciary relationship underlying a democratic society, I argue for the adoption of two procedures: retrospective accountability and special oversight committees. I also offer three criteria for a much-required political ethic.