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Why Love Matters

Values in Governance

Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman

As our current systems of decision-making are increasingly unable to meet the global challenges of climate change, resource depletion, poverty, healthcare, economic instability and global violence, the contributors in this book make a radical proposal for an innovative form of governance that is based on core human values such as love, compassion, care, justice and dignity. Arising from a concern that the «old paradigm» of alienation, consumerism, selfishness and exploitation is damaging for humankind and the family of Earth, the book postulates that a new way of being must be in place so that intrinsic values of caring for others should underpin the intent of our decisions at personal, regional, national, international and global levels. With illustrative references and examples in fields of politics, economy, health and peace, the content of this book argues forcefully that Love, with a capital L, matters in governance, where values can serve as the basis to transform human consciousness about international institutions, community relationships and individual actions. Why Love Matters provides an important introductory text to students of global governance, management studies, political economics, international relations and peace studies, and equally offers illuminating and instructive ideas to leaders, managers and practitioners who are interested in what values-based governance means and looks like and how to go about it in practice.


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Page number with an f indicate a figure. A Abdulaziz Al Saud, King, 222, 232 acceptance, defined, 179 accountability, 154–155 acknowledgment of harm done, 187–188 active bystanders, 183, 190 activities, relationships of with goals, 82, 90 Addiss, David, 75, 107, 119n1 adversarial contact, 184 affordable health care, 168, 173 African National Congress, 171 African Program for Onchocerciasis Control, 118 AIDS/HIV patients, 200 Al-Bishri, Fatima M., 166, 221 All Candidates meeting, 217 Allen’s Curve, 127 Alma-Ata Declaration, 109, 113 Al-Moallimi, Amal y., 166, 221 altruism born of suffering, 186–187 compassion and, 11 defined, 42 end to suffering, 46–47 nature of, 11, 42–46 obstacles to overcome, 47–49 overview, 39–42 Ambassador Program for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, 228, 230 ambassadors’ wives, 230 Amish settlements, 127 Amplified Field, 20 Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for a New Millennium (Dalai Lama), 49 Anglican Church, 168 Annan, Kofi, 172 Anthropocene age/era altruism and, 41 compassion and, 103 economic globalisation, 101 environment and, 52, 96 hope and, 102 human population and, 97 human unity and, 98 United Nations and, 99 apartheid, 173–174 Arab Peninsula (KSA), 222 Arab Spring, 66 Arabian American Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO), 222–223, 230–231 Armenian genocide, Turkey, 188 Armstrong, Karen, 27, 127 Arthus-Bertrand, Yann, 26 Article 73, United Nations, 153, 154 Ashoka, Indian Emperor, 64 Aung San Suu Kyi, vii Austria, KAICIID and, 232 authentic leadership, 164 awareness, processes to increase, 18 Aziz, Mohammed, 108 260 inDex B Bank N.V., 123 banking system, 53, 60 Barnes,...

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