Moral Character for Political Leaders

A Normative Account
Faculty Scholarship
Friday, November 1, 2013
Department of Government

Res Publica 19(4):317-333

Author(s): Lucas Swaine

This article analyzes the moral and political implications of strong moral character for political action. The treatment provides reason to hold that strong moral character should play a role in a robust normative account of political leadership. The case is supported by empirical findings on character dispositions and the political viability of the account’s normative prescriptions.


Rockefeller Center Faculty Grant Proposal: "Personal Autonomy, Political Philosophy, and Democracy"