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Keeping them Honest: Public and Elite Perceptions of Ethical Conduct among Australian Legislators

McAllister, Ian


Public confidence in politicians across all democratic countries has fallen to historic lows in recent years. In Australia, around one in three voters believe that legislators use their public office for financial gain, and only one in four believe that legislators have a high moral code. Governments in many countries have attempted to deal with this problem by establishing codes of ethical conduct for legislators. This paper examines what standards citizens expect from their politicians and,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Political Studies


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