Former Leaders in Modern Democracies: Political Sunsets

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

EditorKevin Theakston, Jouke de Vries

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What comes next for a former leader in a democracy - a Prime Minister or President obliged to leave office because they have lost an election, come to the end of their constitutionally-fixed term, lost the backing of their party, or chosen to leave? This book analyses the role and political influence of former leaders in Western democratic states.

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What comes next for a former leader in a democracy - a Prime Minister or President obliged to leave office because they have lost an election, come to the end of their constitutionally-fixed term, lost the backing of their party, or chosen to leave? This book analyses the role and political influence of former leaders in Western democr...

KEVIN THEAKSTON is Professor of British Government at the University of Leeds, UK, and author of After Number 10: Former Prime Ministers in British Politics (2010).JOUKE DE VRIES Professor of Public Administration and the Dean of Campus Den Haag, Leiden University, Netherlands. His publications include (as co-editor) The Reality of Bu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.03 × 5.66 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction; K.Theakston & J.de Vries
After the White House – the Modern US Post-Presidency; I.Morgan
Former Prime Ministers in Britain Since 1945; K.Theakston
The Strange Afterlives of Canadian Prime Ministers; S.Azzi
The Evolution of Prime Ministerial Afterlives in Australia; P.Strangio
The Political Afterlives of German Chancellors; W.E.Paterson
Former Leaders in France; D.S.Bell
Outside the Bubble – the Activities and Influence of Former Taoisigh; E.O'Malley
From Oblivion to Limelight: Stability and Change in Dutch Post-Prime Ministerial Careers; J.de Vries, P.'t Hart & H.Onstein
The Afterlife of Belgian Prime Ministers; L.De Winter & I.Rezsöhazy
The Once and Future Prime Ministers of Israel; D.Korn
Conclusion; K.Theakston & J.de Vries

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"The gods of politics are wrathful deities. How they like to grind the once mighty. Kevin Theakston and his colleagues have written a fine book on the fallen blending nicely a sense of both humanity and tragedy. Leading a country is not a pursuit that brings recollections in tranquillity. All would-be Prime Ministers and Presidents should read this book before they run for office."- Lord Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, UK"What do Presidents and Prime Ministers do after they leave office? Do they enjoy continued influence, or just fade away? Theakston and de Vries' collection brings together a formidable range of experts in the field of leadership studies to examine this issue. Such a synthesis of analyses is as welcome as it is necessary, for political leadership studies are scattered and under-researched. The book is rich in anecdotes, and tells us too of the personalities involved, the dedication as well as the egos, and their role. The book is comprehensive in its comparative scope and coverage of constitutional and conventional frameworks, and the political cultures that prevail in the wide range of countries studied; so much so, that this penetrating focus on what politicians do 'after power' tells us a great deal about the nature of politics and power themselves in the range of countries studied ... The study is a much-needed contribution to the theorisation of comparative political leadership."- John Gaffney, Professor of Politics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK