4.3.4 Moral Influence in Politics

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The Moral Dimension of power is most evident in people’s direct influence over each other, but moral pressure can be amplified by participation in politics – as described below:

  • People’s moral attitudes steer their personal involvement in politics (4.3.4.1).
  • They can join with others to form pressure groups (4.3.4.2).
  • Religious organisations can exert political influence (4.3.4.3).

The mechanisms for exerting political influence form part of the Political Dimension.  Individuals can play an active role in politics, as described later (6.6.1.1), and their choices are driven by their personal moral values.

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