Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom: Between Rules and Practice

Cameron, M. A. (2018). Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom: Between Rules and Practice. Oxford University Press.

Summary: Societies create rules that govern our practices. Such rules can only be effective, however, if the intermediaries between rules and practices—institutions—harness the skill, knowledge, and motivation of practitioners. Yet, everywhere institutions seem to be failing. Over-reliance on rules and incentives has not only corrupted the intrinsic motivations that arise from practice, it has also promoted the spread of competitive utility maximizing and thereby discouraged the kind of moral agency necessary for institutions to work well. In Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom, Maxwell Cameron takes this basic insight as his starting point to argue that the rapid spread of the tenets of a neoliberal political-economic philosophy in our era has contributed to the erosion of institutional capacity. The book contributes to an emerging field of social science research grounded in the Aristotelian idea of phronesis, or practical wisdom.

Buy the book: Cameron, M. A. (2018). Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom: Between Rules and Practice. Oxford University Press.



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