Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies

Hardcover | August 17, 2014

EditorJohn Kane, Haig Patapan

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Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies explores whether, in the current atmosphere of international economic and political tension, and more generally, democracies foster and support effective political judgment and good leadership. In one sense, with theirideals of transparent government and extensive deliberation, democracies might appear to promote such good leadership and sound decision-making. Yet, in another sense, democratic leaders continue to face a number of challenges, including the sometimes cumbersome institutional limits placed on theirdiscretion, the need for balance between national interest, popular sentiment and universal values as well as the problem of disproportionate influence of commercial interests in the management of the economy. In analysing various aspects of democratic leadership, judgement and decision-making from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives, all the contributors to this book address this question of the extent to which democracies support good judgment and thereby the possibility of goodleadership in democracies.

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Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies explores whether, in the current atmosphere of international economic and political tension, and more generally, democracies foster and support effective political judgment and good leadership. In one sense, with theirideals of transparent government and extensi...

John Kane attained his PhD at the London School of Economics and is now Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. He teaches in political theory, political leadership and US foreign policy and is a researcher in Griffith's Centre for Governance and Public Policy. He has publishe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. John Kane and Haig Patapan: Good Democratic Leadership2. William A. Galston: Populist Resentment, Elitist Arrogance: Two Challenges to Good Democratic Leadership3. Thad Williamson: The Tangled Relationship of Democracy, Leadership and Justice in Urban America: A View from Richmond4. Ludger Helms: When Leaders are not Good: Exploring Bad Leadership in Liberal Democracies Across Time and Space5. Nannerl O. Keohane: Civil Society and Good Democratic Leadership6. Bruce Miroff: Democratic Leadership and Civic Education7. Rogers M. Smith: Emancipators' Dilemmas: Democratic Leadership and the Politics of Equal Rights8. Ian Shapiro: Judgment and Democratic Leadership9. Robert Elgie: The Institutional Approach to Political Leadership10. Elizabeth N. Saunders: Good Democratic Leadership in Foreign Affairs: An Elite-Centered Approach11. John Kane: Leadership Judgment in Economic Affairs12. Kenneth Ruscio: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Future Generations13. Haig Patapan: Patriotic Leadership in Democracy