Quality of Laws Goals

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

 

 

 

The Public Good

 

  

In a democracy, the people as a whole (the citizenry) constitute the sovereign of the government.  Since governments are controlled by, and serve the best interests of their sovereigns (see glossary), it is the obligation of each democratic government to achieve the objectives that serve the best interests of the people as a whole and reflect their highest aspirations. 

  

For a democracy, therefore, it is crucial that the "the best interests of the people," i.e., the "public good," be defined so that the government will be able to assign appropriate priorities for the solution of problems and determine if its problem-solving efforts have been successful. 

 

In general terms, the public good has been described as "the liberty and well being of the people" and "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." However, the parameters that define the public good must be more specific than these generalizations if accurate measurements of the performance of laws are to be made. The question thus becomes, "What are the specific, measurable parameters that define the best interests of the people, i.e., the "public good"?

 

The answer is, the human rights, living standards, and quality of life of the people. Human rights ennumerate the measurable freedoms of action and freedoms from harm for citizens within the jurisdiction of a government.  Living standards describe the measures of economic freedom, and quality of life standards describe the measures of desirable cultural and physical environments for the people.  With these definitions, competent quality programs for the design, operation, and disposition of laws, vis-a-vis the public good, can be established. 

 

Click on the following links to learn more about human rights, living standards, and quality of life standards.   

 

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