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Nation of DevilsDemocratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001

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How to Do It Well and Badly

How to Do It Well and Badly

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Nation of Devils
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Stein Ringen

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300193190.003.0002

This chapter asks: how do governments rule? The business of government is the public good. The problem is one of obedience. Obedience comes about from the pull of good governance, and the push of robust institutions. When these influences meet, settlement and order ensues. In a democracy, government is for the people. They owe their governors obedience but that obedience must be earned and it is earned when governors pursue the public good. This chapter examines this idea with two case studies: New Labour in Britain in 1997 and post-war South Korea.

Keywords:   government, public good, obedience, New Labour, South Korea

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