Res Publica

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 317–333

Moral Character for Political Leaders: A Normative Account



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.


Leadership Character Politics Morality Ethics Democracy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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