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Between Rocks and Hard Places: Good Governance in Ethically Divided Communities.

Brownsword, R., 2022. Between Rocks and Hard Places: Good Governance in Ethically Divided Communities. New Bioethics. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2022.2149300


This article, prompted by Heidi Crowter’s campaign to eliminate the discriminatory aspects of current abortion law, outlines the challenges to good governance in a context of bioethical plurality. First, the nature of the plurality is sketched. Secondly, some reflections are presented on how those who have governance responsibilities might ease the tensions engendered by the plurality; and, at the same time, how the discontented governed might reasonably press their views. Thirdly, a model of good governance (demanding integrity by those who govern and respect for the global commons) is introduced. The conclusion is that good faith governance merits our respect, but it does not guarantee particular outcomes or positions that will meet with the approval of all bioethical constituencies or individuals. Accordingly, we have to learn not only to live with rocks and hard places but also to find civilized ways of debating our differences.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Good governance; abortion; bioethical plurality; global commons; human dignity; human rights
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:37970
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Jan 2023 16:39
Last Modified:09 Jan 2023 16:39


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