Political Perk

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DISCUSSION QUESTION :Applied Ethics: Political Perk?.

Read the following ethical dilemma from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics:

Should the mayor accept “political perks” as part of his job? Nadler, Judy, “G23 Answer.edited or Part of the Job?” Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (2006)

How does Egoism and Social Contract Theory help us make sense of Mayor Gibson’s ethical dilemma? What unwritten “contract” does a politician have with her constituents that affects her ethical behavior? Use your understanding of the readings, your own experiences and ethical reasoning to make your argument. Make sure to address possible objections to your argument. Required reading is att

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Solving ethical dilemmas requires determining whether there is an ethical issue in the case. For instance, the moral issue, in this case, is accepting the VIP ticket. The next step is to identify the key value involved. For example, if the Mayor agrees to take the VIP ticket, it will indicate that he is open to any special treatment or gifts offered to him as a bribe. That would tarnish his name, or people might use that against him. Solving this dilemma will require developing an action plan that aligns with ethical priorities. The Mayor should understand that this could be a trick that can be used against him in the future. Therefore, based on the ethical standards he has put for himself, he should not back down and accept this one. He should decline the VIP ticket and urge the vice mayor not to take it. Considering the owner had submitted plans for expansion of the facility, which other local business people had opposed, accepting the free favor would seem like he is being bribed, creating enmity with the locals. The Mayor’s dilemma was that the VIP ticket “could appear to the public as a “political perk” or simply as part of his official duties as the mayor” (Nadler. 2006). The simple solution is not to accept the political perk.

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Political Perk