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Political Leadership and Political Education in a Subverted World


Lawrence Scaff

In these pages I offer a reflection on political leadership and political education today, pursuing an important theme in Weber’s writings. Political judgement is essential to the theme. I suggest that changes in the external conditions of modern politics as understood by Weber, and the culture of capitalism as perceived by Simmel, pose a severe challenge for informed citizenship and the exercise of political judgement. I conclude with an appeal for affirmative Weberian retrieval.

Lawrence Scaff is professor emeritus of Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit. He is the author of Fleeing the Iron Cage (University of California Press, 1989), Max Weber in America (Princeton University Press, 2011; German transl. Duncker & Humblot, 2013) and Weber and the Weberians (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


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