Public good

Jurnalul de Studii Juridice– Copyright © 2015


PAGES | 73-86       

LANGUAGE | English

ISSN| 1841-6195

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio. (2015). Public good. Jurnalul de Studii Juridice, X(3-4), 73-86.

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The idea of public good is usually correlated with happiness, often with its sociological correlative,quality of life. The socio-political approaches referring to public good as quality of life are used in the construction of public policies; namely, in doing public good. Public policies that could be generated by introducing the value of personal development and updating the individual could be correlated to the affirmative action of supporting the individual in the process of self-actualization. Public good represents a constitutive central value for any administrative practice. Doing public good depends on the meanings this concept takes in different social and temporary contexts. Public good is generally defined as the state of wellbeing of as many citizens as possible, in accordance with their own aspirations and interests. Aggregating the individual’sinterest in a concept of public good proves to be difficult; theories of public decision proposedin general the rule of the majority,both fordemocratic reasons and as a result of the consequentionalresults. In administrative practice, the concept of public good becomes operational as public interest being regulated in normative terms.


public good, public interest, quality of life, constitutive ethical value, public administration, value-centred ethics.


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