The Social Protest Ethical Challenges of the Political Leadership


Inspired by the Arab Spring, a series of transnational social movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering speed in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., and South America, Ukraine. The protest, as � form of mass opportunism against political practices and behavior, questions the status-quo and evokes the need for revision of the moral and ethical values of the political leadership models. Moral values are not merely standards by which we measure our character, activities and social behavior. They also contain emotional and provocative ideas, for which men and women fight and die. An examination of the transforming forces, which translate ideas into activity, serves as a springboard both for explaining the leaders and followers understandings of the political moral standards, and the justification of this morality. The relationship leader-followers should be examined from the perspective of the influence and monitoring that followers have over the political decision-making process and practices. Independently that the political morality relies on different from the common understanding for right and wrong, it shouldn�t be viewed as self-sufficient closed system. The social movements came to illustrate that the Communitarian principles of justifying the political behavior are only one side of the coin. The appeal for revision of the ethical standards in politics, is an appeal for recognition of the moral values as a fundamental prerequisite for justifying the political morality.

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Desislava Nikolova Ignatova, Sofia University St.Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

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Conference: ECERP2014
Stream: Ethics and Globalization

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