Laima Zakaraitė


The issue of morality has been addressed in politics since ancient times in numerous studies.
Research in recent decades shows that the problem is still confusing and unsolved (Parrish, 2007;
Bellamy, 2010; De Wijze, 2009). In a political area which is complex and dynamic, the topic of moral
choice for the decision-maker remains relevant. Modern theories of organizational leadership
integrate ethical aspects, taking as a starting point the cultivation of a company’s reputation or
financial capital, while it is common to assume that politicians distance themselves from almost all
moral values in order to act purely effectively. The article seeks a theoretical approach to research
that would return the moral dimension to the realm of political decision-making. An additional
supportive dimension could be an argument for the common good in order to apply a conceptual
model of moral imagination to the study of the moral aspect of political decision-making. The concept
of moral imagination in this aspect has already been explored in business management studies, which
deconstruct and analyze the possible determinants of this concept, identifying their hypothetical
connections with decision-making in the organization. Based on theoretical insights and empirical
research, the conceptual model of moral imagination could also be used in the study of the decisions
of politicians and political leaders.