Moral Leadership and Cultural Policy in an Era of Diminished Expectations: What Leaders Should Know
Moral leadership is a new important issue in social policy formation and implementation. Starting from a public economics perspective, this paper conducts an interdisciplinary analysis to show that when moral leadership is weak, few social projects will be undertaken because the number of forthcoming volunteers will be small and projects eventually be supported by paid labour. In this environment, motivations associated with individual lifestyles as Bourdieu and Boisson analyses point out result in diminishing social participation and become the main source of individual emotional rewards. People identify with branded products and prefer ‘wearing the T-shirt’ rather than ‘rolling up the sleeves.’ The acceptance of self-centered ‘economic man,’ and of Freud’s analysis of repression in a market economy of braded products led to the contemporary situation in which the social costs of selfishness and lifestyle feel-good spontaneity have been underestimated. The interdisciplinary analysis of this paper shows that in an era of diminishing social commitment, government leaders must provide incentives to support social commitment such as fiscal incentives for the younger generation, volunteer movements, and so on.
Keywords: Leadership, Policy, Public Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Intervention, Cultural Shifts
Prof. Theodore Koutsobinas
Teaching Fellow, Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business
Actuarial Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece and Graduate Program, Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business
Dr. Theodore Koutsobinas taught Economics at the University of the Aegean and
the University of Patras in Greece, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the
American-Intercontinental University, London, UK. He served as an advisor to
various Greek banks, to the Ministry of National Economy and to well-known
international banks in NYC. He received a PhD in Economics from the New
School University, NYC, USA and his post-doctorate studies were conducted at
Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.