Master of Arts (MA)
Ethics and Policy Studies
Number of Pages
Implementation is often the orphan of the policy creation process, causing problems that raise ethical warning flags. When drafting policy, flexibility is often absent from programs. Discretionary powers are denied to implementors, resulting in a condition of abstracted judgment that can cripple or derail the original intent. For example, government policies toward the aging often create and form perceptions that radiate outwardly, becoming assimilated by corporations and institutions, and hardened into programs that are often implemented unsoundly. The moral composition of a community is affected. Society absorbs fragments of thought generated by these policies and forms biases and prejudices that it, in turn, often uses negatively in assessing the value and rights of older citizens. Mandatory retirement at age 65 and more specifically, the Social Security program, are examples of policies that may have once held merit but have either become obsolete or harmful, or both.
Ethics; Limits; Moral; Policy
Philosophy; Public administration; Ethnology
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