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    THE IDEA OF JUSTICE

    The idea of justice is of cardinal importance to good governance. Justice has something to do with punishments and rewards, and something to do with equality, thus should be conceive as a matter of whether each individual person being treated in the right way, and there must be consistency in how one person is treated overtime, and there must also be consistency between people, so that if my friend and I have different reward or have the same punishment, it should depend on the circumstances. The fact that justice requires consistency in treatment explains why acting justly is so often a matter of following rules or applying laws, since these…

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    MORALITY AND POLITICS

    Everyone seems to know something about morality, and many claim to know quite a great deal about politics. Yet, there exist in most societies today a tangible gap between morality and the practice of politics, a gap that arises from a number of sources. For instance, there is little or no attempt by governments to sincerely and meaningfully articulate, in any formal sense, any system of moral principles which could apply to the society as a whole. As a result there can be no standard a community can hold up to assess conduct. A code of conduct could be a step in the right direction. But, apart from the rather…

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    DECISION MAKING IN GOVERNANCE

    Government, no matter how we visualize it, government plays the role of a father in the sense that it ensures that all is well with the citizens who are in a sense, its political children. In ensuring this, government provides security as well as an enabling environments through which the citizens can actualize their potentialities, or, put differently, a situation in which they can exercise their negative freedom. Granted this role on the part of the government, the latter also ensures that the actualization of an individual’s freedom does not jeopardize the interest of others. This it does by placing certain restrictions in the form of checks and balances on…

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    UNDERSTANDING POLITICS

    Politics is a term with which everyone in contemporary society is quite familiar. The popularity if this terms bears directly on the claim that politics is a mass-oriented phenomenon. Politics permeates all our activities, politicians are visible everywhere. The opinion of the masses that politics is a dirty and morally deplorable activity of maneuvering to gain some advantage; often undeserved, unmerited and morally unjustifiable. Such advantage be the attainment of a position or the obtaining of power and authority etc. In effect, politics, as the masses or the non-professionally involved generality of people think of it, has to do with the practice of those activities which such ‘dirty’ maneuvers involved.…