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Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom: Between Rules and Practice

Maxwell A. Cameron


To be good citizens or statespersons, we need practical wisdom—the moral skill and will to know how to do the right thing in particular situations. Institutions work best when they cultivate practitioners who have the wisdom and judgment to choose the right aims and pursue them in the best way possible. Practical wisdom can be destroyed, however, when institutions rely too heavily on rules and incentives that encourage people to compete for extrinsic rewards or to avoid punishments. This book focuses on the ethical implications of institutional failures and identifies competitive utility-maxim ... More

Keywords: practical wisdom, institutions, democracy, citizens, partisanship, competition, rules, incentives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190694333
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190694333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxwell A. Cameron, author
Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia