Transformational Politics

Transformational politics, despite its new age flavor, has some interesting parallels with Transformational Christianity.

The founding document for transformational politics appears to be the explicitly New Age Aquarian Conspiracy: Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s, by Marilyn Ferguson, which draws from Kuhn’s concept of paradigms. The more modern and neutral definition, as used by the American Political Science Association‘s section on Ecological and Transformational Politics, stresses the dual emphasis on, and linkage between, personal and social transformation. There is also a concept of transforming politics itself:

As transformational activists building a sustainable culture, we are called to do more than advocate our agenda… We are called to raise the quality and quantity of political engagement, per se… Transformational politics is always looking for the interests, values and assumptions that underlie the surface drama of political debate and struggle.

A related concept is the idea of Transformational Leadership, as opposed to Max Weber’s charismatic leadership or Sir MacGregor Burn’s transactional leadership.

“These are some of the intrigues of the Isle of Transformation, currently the most popular island of all.”