Common Good

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Common Good

That which is seen as best for a whole community and not simply for any individual or small group within that community. This may be seen in purely utilitarian ways, but it may be founded upon natural law theory. The ideas behind law and democracy assume that the common good is something that can be achieved, or at least should be pursued. Proponents of both regulation and deregulation (or almost any other policy) believe their views best suit the common good.
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58) The appellant responded that the order was a "blemish on his legal record," and the court concluded without detailed discussion that "this is not the type of case falling within the general public interest exception.
The proposal allows them to adopt more detailed and stricter rules on the general public interest.
Effective on December 1, the Regulations strictly define qualifications, require a past record of honesty and set other conditions for direct marketing in China to prevent fraud, to protect customers and the general public interest.
Australia has made remarkable progress from a very unsatisfactory starting point, but there remains unfinished business, including the removal of restrictions to competition which legislative review has shown not to be in the general public interest.
In a move that has upset some newspaper editors, officials have declared that anything of general public interest that is supplied as a result of an information request will be made instantly available via public Web sites.
But policymakers have to give priority to the health of the oceans and the general public interest.
Building communities is about harnessing that spirit of general public interest and instilling it into the day-to-day lives of our communities.
Elevating the values of greed and chaos, public choice theory leaves little room for broader considerations of a general public interest.
There was no television coverage, no general public interest, and no hustling for tickets outside the theater as in the past.
The association lobbyist accepts the fact that it is the system of representative government we enjoy that makes possible the practice of lobbying and, while keeping the interest of employer or client in a position of primacy, will temper the advocacy role with proper consideration for the general public interest.
It's appropriate for candidates to compete for our votes during the campaign season, but once the election is over, most voters want their elected officials to cooperate and work together in the general public interest.

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