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A Humanist Science$
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Philip Selznick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758628

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.001.0001

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The Morality of Governance

The Morality of Governance

(p.71) 6 The Morality of Governance
A Humanist Science
Stanford University Press

This chapter, which examines some themes that reflect the value-centered core of political inquiry, considers high and low politics, responsive government, power, the rule of law, democracy, and representative government. Among the social sciences, political science is especially open to normative concerns. However, the pull of policy is strong, as is the connection between political science and political philosophy. Legitimacy, constitutionalism, representation, and civil liberty are lively topics, each pointing to values realized and at risk. The chapter notes that the morality of governance posits the intrinsic worth of private groups. Power is judged by that premise, and strong government is accepted, but government that rejects legitimate interests is not.

Keywords:   responsive government, political science, partisan politics, representative government

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