Res Publica

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 317–333

Moral Character for Political Leaders: A Normative Account


DOI: 10.1007/s11158-013-9227-5

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Swaine, L. Res Publica (2013) 19: 317. doi:10.1007/s11158-013-9227-5


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.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA