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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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Introduction to Part Two

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Part Two of this book aims to ground the new narrative of consciousness and governance within key fields of action. The contributors have thus explored some general principles through the lens of an innovative conception of corporation, ecology, global health, communal life, peace and then through the laws that govern our relationship with our planet’s eco-system.

The first clarification that these chapters make, which is also at the heart of our contemporary debates, is about our conception of value. The authors in Part Two pose this question: ‘What is fundamentally valuable?’, and set out to address a connected question: ‘What value does a system of governance aim to serve?’ It is here where an important distinction is drawn between instrumental value and non-instrumental or intrinsic value. According to our contributors, what is instrumentally valuable only has value in terms of what it leads to, prevents or facilitates. In other words, what makes something instrumentally valuable is that it serves as a means to some other end(s). By contrast, what is non-instrumentally value does not have value outside of itself. That is why it is intrinsically valuable. Some things can have both kinds of value, such as human health, and the planetary eco-system. This distinction may appear to be simple at first glance. However, as our authors illustrate, our society and governance tend to be situated within a false assumption of the relationships between instrumental and intrinsic values and the means and ends and...

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