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The Politics of Dignity
The Politics of Dignity

The Politics of Dignity

An Agenda to Unite America's Moderate Majority


275 Pages, 6 x 9

Cloth, $27.00 (US $27.00) (CA $36.00)

Publication Date: January 2020

ISBN 9781633310353

Rights: WOR

Disruption Books (Jan 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: January 2020


Engaging, constructive, and deeply hopeful, The Politics of Dignity aims to reconnect readers with the nobility and originality of the American experiment

In her inspiring public affairs book, The Politics of Dignity, Babson College President and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey delivers an urgent message to concerned citizens everywhere: America desperately needs a new and vibrant centrist movement to unite people across the political divide. While most moderates will recognize themselves within the shorthand ideological framework of "socially liberal, fiscally conservative," that formulation leaves a lot to the imagination. Healey argues that the policies to unite the moderate majority should be fresh and forward-looking, leveraging American innovations in science and technology to tackle our nation's most complex and stubborn social challenges. She outlines six key policies that begin the conversation to draw a more defined picture of what it means to be a part of the moderate majority in American politics. But the "New Centrists," as Healey calls this new movement, need more than just a policy program. They must moor their policies to a foundational principle that organizes and animates them. Building a country that leads the world in safeguarding everyone's human dignity is precisely that principle. The concept of human dignity allows us to break free of stifling dogma on the Right and on the Left, and to embrace innovative policies that appeal across geographical, religious, and political divides. Engaging, constructive, and deeply hopeful, The Politics of Dignity will help us reconnect with the best in ourselves as a nation, and with the nobility and originality of the American experiment.

Author Biography

Kerry Healey, Ph.D has served as the president of Babson College since July 2013, following nearly three decades of service in academia, government, and humanitarian work both in the United States and internationally. She is the first woman to hold that position. Prior to Babson, Healey served with distinction as the seventieth lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. During that time, she implemented a wide range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey administration, highlighted by a successful bipartisan effort to craft first-in-the-nation health care reform legislation. Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.