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The Politics of Moral Capital

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Author: John Kane, Griffith University, Queensland
  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521663366

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  • John Kane argues that, despite appearances, politicians and governments care deeply about people's moral judgments, for these provide the moral capital they depend on for survival and effective functioning. Some famous leaders--Lincoln, de Gaulle, Mandela--illustrate the workings of moral capital in politics, and a study of the American presidency from Kennedy to Clinton shows how the moral capital of the United States has been eroded, with severe consequences for the nation's morale.

    • Original look at the role of morality in politics
    • Is hardheaded without being dismissive of the real effects of moral judgment in politics
    • Provides novel and persuasive interpretations of famous political people and events
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    "[John Kane's] thoughtful and well-written 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. It succeeds in its stated goal of helping to recover a truly capacious sense of political reality, and successfully demonstrates that moral capital is a fact with which any science of politics must come to terms if it is to do justice to the true efficacy of moral prestige and personal character in human affairs." Journal of Democracy

    "[John Kane's] thoughtful and well-written 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. It succeeds in its stated goal of helping to recover a truly capacious sense of political reality, and successfully demonstrates that moral capital is a fact with which any science of politics must come to terms if it is to do justice to the true efficacy of moral prestige and personal character in human affairs." Journal of Democracy

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    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521663366
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Moral Capital:
    1. Moral capital and politics
    2. Moral capital and leadership
    Part II. Moral Capital in Times of Crisis:
    3. Abraham Lincoln - the long-purposed man
    4. Charles de Gaulle - the man of storms
    Part III. Moral Capital and Dissident Politics:
    5. Nelson Mandela - the moral phenomenon
    6. Aung San Suu Kyi - her father's daughter
    Part IV. Moral Capital and the American Presidency:
    7. Kennedy and American virtue
    8. Crisis
    9. Aftermath
    10. Denouement.

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    John Kane, Griffith University, Queensland

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