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Eoin Daly
Tom Hickey

6 Education and civic virtue Introduction The distinctiveness of republican thought lies partly in its commitment to civic virtue. This may be conceived of narrowly, as a preparedness to participate in political life, or more broadly, as a commitment to prioritise the common good over sectional interest. In all strands of the republican tradition, civic virtue is understood as a bulwark against corruption, understood simply as the appropriation of political power by private or factional interest. And in turn, of course, corruption engenders unchecked or

in The political theory of the Irish Constitution
Corruption in the city

From Virtue to Venality examines the problem of corruption in British urban society and politics between 1930 and 1995. It is not a conventional study of the politics of local government since it seeks to place corruption in urban societies in a wider cultural context. It reclaims the study of corruption from political scientists and sociologists for historians but provides theoretical explanations of the causes of corruption testing them against real cases. The legacy of the municipal gospel, public service ideals and ethical principles are analysed to show how public virtues were eroded over time. It argues that the key counterweight against corruption is a strong civil society but that British civil society became detached from the city and urban society allowing corrupt politicians and business men licence to further their own ambitions by corrupt means. Britain’s imperial past deflected political leaders from the evidence before them contributing to their failure to develop reforms. The accounts of corruption in Glasgow – a British Chicago – as well as the major corruption scandals of John Poulson and T. Dan Smith show how Labour controlled towns and cities were especially vulnerable to corrupt dealings. The case of Dame Shirley Porter in the City of Westminster in the late 1980s reveals that Conservative controlled councils were also vulnerable since in London the stakes of the political struggle were especially intense.

Cormac Behan

1 Citizenship by civic virtue? Introduction The cases for and against voting rights for prisoners have been widely examined in academic literature and political discourse (see, for example, Abramsky, 2006; Campbell, 2007; Clegg et al., 2006; Easton, 2011; Ewald and Rottinghaus, 2009; Itzkowitz and Oldak, 1973; Kleinig and Murtagh, 2005; Manfredi, 1998; Manza and Uggen, 2006; Mauer, 2011; Plannic, 1987; Ramsay, 2013; Reiman, 2005). It is widely accepted that even in the most advanced liberal democracies there are limitations on the right to vote, depending on

in Citizen convicts
Pedagogical innovation and contested curricula
Alan S. Ross

3 The virtues of diversity: pedagogical innovation and contested curricula What other reason can there be for the Jesuits having such easy and happy advancement, than their staying with one particular method and one kind of book? In our case, almost every territory and every town follows their own rules; many a town thinks that it would the greatest shame if its school rector did not find it necessary to compose his own Grammatic and Elementale, a Vocabularium, a Logicam or the like. Anonymous pamphleteer, Augsburg 16931 In the seventeenth century, the Lutheran

in Daum’s boys
Edward James

expected, by reason of birth, to participate in the army; where the education of the young thus often involves a military element; where the symbolism of warfare and weaponry is prominent in official and private life, and the warlike and heroic virtues are glorified; and where warfare is a predominant government expenditure and/or a major source of economic profit. 1 There are all sorts of untested

in Early medieval militarisation
William Richardson’s family and background
Allan Blackstock

1 ‘Virtue appears like an Oak’: 1 William Richardson’s family and background T his motto from the Richardson family crest is certainly appropriate, for William Richardson saw himself as a virtuous man. Yet everyone who knew him found a tenaciously, often belligerently, stubborn man. He conformed to the general eighteenth-century conception of the ­patriotic, public-spirited citizen being a virtuous man; but Richardson made a virtue from the necessity always to be right. This self-­righteous trait revealed itself in a very strict sense of propriety. Richardson

in Science, politics and society in early nineteenth-century Ireland

Wood reads Philip Sidney’s New Arcadia in the light of the ethos known as Philippism, after the followers of Philip Melanchthon the Protestant theologian. He employs a critical paradigm previously used to discuss Sidney’s Defence of Poesy and narrows the gap that critics have found between Sidney’s theory and literary practice. This book is a valuable resource for scholars and researchers in the fields of literary and religious studies.

Various strands of philosophical, political and theological thought are accommodated within the New Arcadia, which conforms to the kind of literature praised by Melanchthon for its examples of virtue. Employing the same philosophy, Sidney, in his letter to Queen Elizabeth and in his fiction, arrogates to himself the role of court counsellor. Robert Devereux also draws, Wood argues, on the optimistic and conciliatory philosophy signified by Sidney’s New Arcadia.

The Book of Proverbs in action
Danielle Clarke

of women to read, understand and apply the scriptures to their spiritual and daily lives. Giovanni Bruto similarly sees women’s exposure to Scripture (and other exemplary texts) as a means to virtue: ‘I will not that shee should bee debarred from the commodities of reading and understanding, because it is not onely commodious to a wise and virtuous woman, but a rich and

in Biblical women in early modern literary culture 1550–1700
Empire, race and free speech in the battle for the university
Peter Mitchell

Nigel Biggar, and its context within Oxford University and its imperial entanglements, are far from the whole story. At the time of writing, Biggar is nearing the end of his career, and will surely be supplanted by other mouthpieces of imperially ventriloquised reaction; and Oxford, by virtue of its special position in the UK higher education system and its immense material wealth, is in many ways an

in Imperial nostalgia
Moral prevention work with girls
Leanne McCormick

3 ‘Modesty is the sister of virtue’: moral prevention work with girls The old adage that ‘prevention is better than cure’ began to be recognised from the end of the nineteenth century, by those engaged in philanthropic work with women involved in prostitution.1 To try and prevent girls from ‘falling’ became the aim of a variety of informal and voluntary organisations, rather than focusing solely on the reformation of those who had already ‘fallen’.2 This chapter focuses on the organisations and discourses in Northern Ireland concerned with preserving female

in Regulating sexuality