Honoring Commitments: Fidelity
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We want governments to act faithfully in their dealings with those who are governed. In the broadest sweep, ﬁ delity reﬂ ects our desire that governance be respectful of persons. The belief that persons should be treated as ends, and not merely as instrumentalities, points us to distinctive governmental obligations in addition to those that are grounded in the other benchmarks. Some of these ﬁ delity obligations ﬂ ow from promises and explicit commitments governments have made. Others ﬂ ow from the nature of governance itself, or from speciﬁ c forms of governance such as a democratic republic. Some commentators have identiﬁ ed other presumed obligations that are implied in particular interactions between those who govern and the governed, and yet other duties have been identiﬁ ed that are assumed from external sources. A moral analysis of public policy should include an assessment of how faithful a government is in meeting these kinds of obligations.