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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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5. Governance with a Human Face


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5.  Governance With a Human Face



Traditional concepts of governance emphasizing economy, efficiency, accountability, checks and balances, audit and inspection, transparency, measurable results and sustainable impact, have served humanity well. However, in a world wracked with the evils of greed and intolerance, hatred and mistrust, violence and vitriol, there is a need to invoke the power of love, compassion and solidarity as part of humane governance. Citing practical examples of how such positive primordial human values have been harnessed for the betterment of humanity, this chapter makes a case for a new paradigm of ‘governance with a human face’.

Governance is a process of managing the affairs of a state or an institution through rules, regulations, laws and norms that are negotiated and agreed upon by all key stakeholders. In a modern democracy, the rules of governance are normally formulated by people’s elected representatives, with the help of specialist civil servants, academics and other experts. Such approach to governance seeks to maximize the well-being of citizens, in a cost-effective, user-friendly and efficient manner.

Similar principles apply in the governance of public institutions, private companies, and community organizations that seek to maximize the benefits for their members, and often to society at large. Whenever it involves management of public resources, good governance practices emphasize economy, transparency, accountability, checks and balances, audit and inspection, measurable results and sustainable impact.


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