The executive as executioner and the informed governance principle

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An executive ought to be as informed as possible about the needs and preferences of her constituency and about the most important policy issues that her constituency confronts. This ethical duty, referred to as the 'informed governance principle,' requires that an executive who is not opposed to the death penalty personally carry out at least one execution of a death row inmate. Having an executive act as executioner, even if just once, could also help citizens reflect upon their personal ethical commitments, spur them to monitor the government's power, and prompt them to contemplate how best to distribute power so that the chance of injustice is minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-300
Number of pages12
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2009

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In: Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 3, 26.06.2009, p. 289-300.

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