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Does public service mean “ask what the country can do for you?”

Zahariadis, Nikolaos (2011) Does public service mean “ask what the country can do for you?”. LSE Greece@LSE (14 Jul 2011). Website.

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In seeking to inject a public ethos into people, US President Kennedy famously once said: “ask not what the country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” The idea is to inspire people to selflessly contribute to public service for the good of all. Amidst the current crisis, the point is completely lost in Greece. Instead, politicians, with few notable exceptions, appear to equate public service to their own private gain.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 09:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 23:19

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