Making big manifesto promises is unethical – and can be disastrous for politicians

Hugh V. McLachlan

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Specific, headline-grabbing promises in party manifestos are a fairly recent thing. It was not always so – and it is not something inherent in Britain’s parliamentary system. In fact it is incompatible with it, and the emphasis on such promises has created a misleading impression of the proper role of politicians and parliament.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017



  • party manifestos
  • promises
  • political parties
  • election campaigns

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