Politicians need not make promises: if they do they should not always keep them

Hugh V. McLachlan

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It is a commonly accepted view nowadays that the election manifestos of political parties and USA presidential candidates should contain lists of ‘promises’, ‘pledges’ or ‘vows’, where such terms are used synonymously. It is commonly assumed that politicians are morally obliged always to keep their promises, and to honour their pledges and vows.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOn Religion
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2017



  • politics and religion
  • election manifestos
  • promises
  • politicians

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