Moral Suasion


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Moral Suasion

Statements or acts by a regulatory authority to encourage, rather than coerce, compliance with accepted standards. For instance, given a non-compliant thrift, the Office of Thrift Supervision may increase the number of inspections, privately tell executives what needs to be done, and use other persuasive tactics to change the thrift's behavior, rather than simply reporting the violations and fining it accordingly. The idea behind moral suasion is that sometimes the threat of punishment changes behavior just as well and with less embarrassment than punishment itself. The term is often applied to the Federal Reserve Board's statements in which it makes vague threats of certain actions (such as raising interest rates) in an attempt to change market actors' behavior. Moral suasion is known less formally as jawboning.
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In fact, the moral suasion ideology Delany propagated, and which shaped the Black abolitionist movement in the first half of the nineteenth century, was predicated on the belief that Blacks were enslaved and discriminated against due largely to the deficiencies of their condition, rather than race.
The moral suasion approach has also gained ground as RBI is opposed to issuing sovereign bonds as it feels that the cost of such an issue would outweigh the benefits.
However, Palmer says that "backed by the G-20, it exercises powerful moral suasion and has shown that it can exercise significant influence over the standard setters, such as the Basel Committee, which has been the vehicle for strengthening banking capital standards.
The use of laws and moral suasion, under the guise of "supervision," were the tools available to authorities trying to contain crime and vice among tribal members in urban centers.
43) Through the power of moral suasion, Christians would convince slaveholders of their sins, and together, northern and southern Christians would bring about a peaceful, gradual end to slavery.
But banking law lecturer, Moses Foh-Amoaning, has dismissed the Bank of Ghana's assertion that moral suasion is the only option available to it to control the interest rates charged by the commercial banks.
All of these scenarios took into account the inability of existing political organizations to achieve these changes; instead they focused on the moral suasion that the right person could exercise to convince the regime of the necessity of genuine reform.
Sectional approaches to solving this problem were different, however, as Southern church leaders generally eschewed political solutions, preferring the pulpit's propensity for moral suasion to control aberrant behavior.
The church hierarchy now seeks through legislative action to accomplish something it has failed to get through its own efforts at moral suasion," Lynn remarked.
He argues that American Jews have been able, to a limited extent, to exercise "ideational" or "soft" power--basically, moral suasion carried out through effective organization and public relations campaigns.
To some extent, industry observers see the surge in sukuk issuance of recent years as a result of bankers and corporates complying with moral suasion by the regulators.
The struggle of women to escape from the private chains of Republican motherhood, their role in the abolitionist movement, their audacious feminization of 19th-century culture through moral suasion in religion and education, their fight for the vote and for the (misguided) adoption of Prohibition, their leadership in the radical wing of consumer citizenship during the New Deal, their championing of the many versions of personal liberty since the second wave of feminism, and their greater voter turnout and support for liberal policies since the 1980s--none of these finds any place in Purdy's story of the American tradition of freedom.