Religious Cultural Heritage and the Decision-making Framework of President Harry Truman

By Brian Muzas.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies

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This paper sheds light on how religious cultural heritage influences the decision-making framework of state leaders by considering US President Harry Truman through the lenses of history, political science, and religious studies. By utilizing archival data from Truman’s presidential library and museum, this paper connects his philosophical ethics, his philosophy of government, and his philosophy of human nature to a coherent decision-making framework employed by Truman for issues ranging from economics to race. This paper does not conclude that religious cultural heritage is the determining factor in Truman’s decisions. Rather, this paper demonstrates the usefulness of incorporating religious cultural heritage into analyses which explore how leaders make decisions, for religious cultural heritage can complete analyses based on competing interests, cost-benefit criteria, and other factors. By implication, the methodology applied successfully to Truman in these cases may be applied to Truman’s other decisions (for example, nuclear decisions); moreover, generally similar approaches may be applied to other leaders in future work.

Keywords: Political Science, Governance, Religion

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, Volume 11, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.19-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: April 25, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.522KB)).

Brian Muzas

Assistant Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA