Political Leadership: Themes, Contexts, and Critiques

Hardcover | December 14, 2013

byMichael Foley

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Despite its recognized significance in social life, leadership is a notoriously elusive subject that generates a host of different points of explanatory focus. This is particularly so in the field of political leadership, which has been afflicted by an enduring split between the biographicalidiosyncrasies of individual leaders and the specialist contributions from an array of social science disciplines. This new study is designed to establish an improved balance between this often myopic and confusing bifurcation of approaches. It engages with an expansive range of empirical,theoretical, and interpretive research into the issue of leadership but does so in a way that ensures that the political character of the subject is kept securely in the foreground. The project is therefore designed to maintain a clear emphasis upon leaders embedded in their political contexts andviscerally connected to high level issues of political location and status, political power and legitimacy, and political functions and contingencies. The book has a cumulative design that moves from an in-depth analysis of the basic components of political leadership to an examination of a series of key dimensions relating to leadership activity and development - namely the themes of representation, communication, marketing, business practice,and the issue of women leaders. It goes on to survey the developmental properties of the international sphere before concluding with a substantive review of the changing landscapes of contemporary leadership activity and the different ways that we come to terms with the theme of political leadershipin an increasingly complex world.

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Despite its recognized significance in social life, leadership is a notoriously elusive subject that generates a host of different points of explanatory focus. This is particularly so in the field of political leadership, which has been afflicted by an enduring split between the biographicalidiosyncrasies of individual leaders and the ...

Michael Foley teaches at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He was Head of Department from 2008 to 2013. He has published widely, including an acclaimed study of the US Senate and an extensive examination of the cultural influence of Newtonian mechanics upon American politics. He has developed a wide p...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:December 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199685932

ISBN - 13:9780199685936

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Introduction1. Approaching the study of political leadershipCore elements and relations2. Doing leadership: Types, styles and contingency3. Being a leader: Personal interiors and political externalities4. Experiencing leadership: Factors in followership5. Losing it: Leadership as a life-cycleContexts and claims6. The business of leadership: Cross-sector interplays7. Representation, communication and the politics of 'leadership stretch'8. Women leaders: A case of problematic parametersOutside the box9. Leaders abroad: The promise of abnormal politics10. International leadership: Dealing with a contextual conundrumHorizons11. New iterations and expansion joints12. Coming to terms with political leadership