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The Politics of Moral Capital : Contemporary Political Theory - John Kane

The Politics of Moral Capital

Contemporary Political Theory

By: John Kane

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2001
ISBN: 9780521663366
Number Of Pages: 288

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It is often said that politics is an amoral realm of power and interest in which moral judgment is irrelevant. In this book, by contrast, John Kane argues that people's positive moral judgments of political actors and institutions provide leaders with an important resource, which he christens 'moral capital'. Negative judgements cause a loss of moral capital which jeopardizes legitimacy and political survival. Studies of several historical and contemporary leaders - Lincoln, de Gaulle, Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi - illustrate the significance of moral capital for political legitimation, mobilizing support, and the creation of strategic opportunities. In the book's final section, Kane applies his arguments to the American presidency from Kennedy to Clinton. He argues that a moral crisis has afflicted the nation at its mythical heart and has been refracted through and enacted within its central institutions, eroding the moral capital of government and people and undermining the nation's morale.

'The Politics of Moral Capital is one of the few books to investigate how and why morality matters to politics and, less broadly, how popular judgments about moral leadership facilitate or impede political action. Kane's thoughtful study examines each of these questions in depth and will b e of interest to political scientists, historians, and anyone interested in studying nineteenth- and twentieth-century political leadership.' Asian Journal of Politics '... this book stands as a refreshing effort to come to terms with the inescapably moral character of political life. It is also an important contribution to the academic study of statesmanship.' Journal of Democracy

Moral Capital
Moral capital and politics
Moral capital and leadership
Moral Capital in Times of Crisis
Abraham Lincoln - the long-purposed man
Charles de Gaulle - the man of storms
Moral Capital and Dissident Politics
Nelson Mandela - the moral phenomenon
Aung San Suu Kyi - her father's daughter
Moral Capital and the American Presidency
Kennedy and American virtue
Crisis
Aftermath
Denouement
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ISBN: 9780521663366
ISBN-10: 0521663369
Series: Contemporary Political Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th September 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59