By Teun J. Dekker

In nearly each liberal democratic society, a subject that may be a subject of continuous and passionate public dialogue is how a lot that country’s ministers, legislators, senior civil servants, and senior judges will be paid. neither is this amazing; the problem has massive voyeuristic charm, specific democratic value, and critical ramifications for the functioning of the general public zone as a complete. although, like such a lot political debates, those discussions are usually messy, fragmented, and whole of unverified assertions and spurious appeals to populist sentiment. it's not often mind-blowing that these discussions not often achieve placing the problem to relaxation.

Paying Our excessive Public Officials examines the political discourse pertaining to this query in 17 liberal democracies (Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, the uk, eire, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand). in keeping with many hundreds of thousands of parliamentary debates, newspaper articles, speeches, in addition to experiences through imagine tanks and excessive commissions of country, the booklet identifies seven vital arguments that take place in these kind of societies, interprets them into the language of analytical philosophy, after which conscientiously evaluates them. This approach contributes to a greater realizing of this controversy and should lead to better-justified and extra valid conclusions pertaining to which coverage to adopt.

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