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Grounding Leadership Ethics in African Diaspora and Election Rights

Jean-Pierre K. Bongila

This book analyzes the leadership ethics dilemma of whether the diaspora ought to vote specifically in their homeland franchise. This quagmire becomes even more complex in the case of Africa, where some diasporas participate in their countries’ elections and others don’t.

It implies and goes beyond the mere question of “why” or what are the reasons behind the fact that members of some countries vote and those of other nations do not. The analysis contained in the book deals with whether it is right or wrong (good or bad; just or unjust; virtuous or immoral, desirable or undesirable) for citizens living overseas to participate in their countries’ suffrages, and for the leaders of African countries to extend the franchise rights to their diaspora.
Pedagogically, the book proposes an applied methodology of leadership decision-making based on ethical dilemmas, which instructors and learners of various disciplines, particularly those in leadership ethics, as well as global leaders might find useful. The combined DIRR (Description, Interpretation, Rehearsal and Re-discernment) proposed by Enomoto & Kramer (2007) and the prudent pragmatism by Bluhm & Heineman (2007) correspond to the traditional African “baobab tree” as a physical space of social and political conflict resolutions.

In this book, the “baobab tree”, an ethical arena of public debates, helps to weigh primarily the need for diaspora Africans to get the right to vote, as well as the social, political and economic benefits such a right, if it were granted, would entail for all the parties involved. Drawing from the examples of countries that have championed some form of democratic processes, including expatriate elections, the book brings to the forefront the crucial role of both the leadership of Africa and that of their diaspora in spearheading the continent on the path of sustainable development.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 186Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-6739-7 • Hardback • October 2013 • $84.00 • (£54.95)
978-1-4985-5665-1 • Paperback • March 2017 • $42.99 • (£29.95)
978-0-7391-6740-3 • eBook • October 2013 • $39.99 • (£24.95)
Jean-Pierre Bongila is associate professor of leadership, policy, and administration in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, MN.

Chapter 1: Understanding African Diaspora
Chapter 2: Describing the Dilemma
Chapter 3: Diaspora Vote in Duty Ethics
Chapter 4: Diaspora Vote in Utility Ethics
Chapter 5: Diaspora in Virtue Ethics
Chapter 6: Considering Ethical Tensions
Chapter 7: Rehearsing Courses of Action
Chapter 8: Re-discerning the Right to Vote
Chapter 9: Working with Prudent Pragmatism
Chapter 10: By Way of Conclusion

Appendix A
A fascinating and powerful analysis of ethical leadership as applied to elections and the African Diaspora. Rich in its portrayal of cultural and political contexts, this book is a one-of-a-kind gem that benefits and enlightens anyone who has the pleasure of reading it. Bongila contributes immensely to the understanding of ethical leadership from a global perspective.

Jacqueline A. Stefkovich, Pennsylvania State University