The Way Forward in Northwest Indiana: Ethics as a Vehicle for Urban Renewal

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Anja Matwijkiw
Bronik Matwijkiw

Abstract

In this article, the authors do not examine urban renewal per se. Instead, they focus on thelink between ethics and democracy. Because democracy presupposes ethics for its own legitimacy, a good government must comply with ethical standards. Given thatordinances, which contain such standards, already exist in Northwest Indiana, one  concrete step toward the creation of a sustainable future in that same region has been  taken, providing officials with a vehicle for democratic cum ethical urban renewal. In an  attempt to identify the kind of ethics that went into the ordinances, the authors emphasize  general theory.

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Anja Matwijkiw, Indiana University Northwest

Dr. Anja Matwijkiw, Ph.D. (Cambridge University, England, 1997) is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at Indiana University Northwest. In addition, she is a former member of the Ethics in Government Taskforce (EGT) and a co-drafter of the various pledges and ordinances listed in this article. Currently, she serves as Vice President of the SharedEthics Advisory Commission (SEAC).Postal Address, email, telephone number:5418 S. Woodlawn Ave., #3C, Chicago, IL 60615amatwijk@iun.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (773) 401-0870

Bronik Matwijkiw, Visiting Lecturer at Chicago State University

Dr. Bronik Matwijkiw, Ph.D. (Roskilde University, Denmark, 1998) is a Visiting Lecturer at Chicago State University, and former Adjunct Professor, Guest Speaker and Conference Participant at IUN. His work on law and ethics has been published nationally and internationally. Most recently, he co-authored a chapter entitled A modern perspective on international criminal law: Accountability as a meta-right in Sadat, L. N. & Scharf, M. P. (Eds.) (2007) Coming of age in international criminal law: An intellectual reflection on the work of M. Cherif Bassiouni. New York: Transnational Publishers.Postal Address, email, telephone number:1642 E. 56th Street, #1121, Chicago, IL 60637bmatwijk@csu.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (773) 208-7757

References

Pledges and Ordinances (in chronological order):

Indiana University Northwest (1999). The Shared Vision of Indiana University Northwest. Gary: Indiana. This is cited as SVIUN.

The Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council (2003). Resolution: Municipal and County Ethics Ordinances. Northwest Indiana. This body is cited as NIQLC.

The Ethics in Government Taskforce (2004). The Ethics Pledge for Candidates for Public Office. Northwest Indiana. This document is cited as EPCPO.

The Ethics in Government Taskforce (2004).The Ethics Pledge for Employees of Governmental Entities. Northwest Indiana. This document is cited as EPEGE.

The Ethics in Government Taskforce & the local government of Crown Point, Highland and Munster (2005). The Municipal Code of Ethics and Values: Northwest Indiana. This document is cited as MCEV.

The Ethics in Government Taskforce, the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council, the Local Government Academy at Indiana University Northwest & the League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area (2006). The Compact with Voters of Lake County. Northwest Indiana. This document is cited as CVLC.

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