The Democratic Leader: How Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its Leaders by John Kane

The Democratic Leader: How Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its Leaders

byJohn Kane, Haig Patapan

Hardcover | April 29, 2012

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The Democratic Leader argues that leaders occupy a unique place in democracies. The foundational principle of democracy - popular sovereignty - implies that the people must rule. Yet the people can rule only by granting a trust of authority to individual leaders. This produces a tension thatresults in a unique type of leadership, specifically, democratic leadership. Democratic leaders, once they have the confidence and authority of the people, are very powerful because they rule through consent and not through fear. Yet in many respects they are the weakest of leaders, because democrats distrust leaders and impose on them a range of far-reaching constraints - legal, moral and political. The democratic leader must perpetually navigate the powerful and contending forces of public cynicism, founded in thesuspicion that all leaders are self-interested power-seekers, and of public idealism, founded in a perennial hope that good leaders will act nobly by sacrificing themselves for the people. The Democratic Leader suggests that the inherent difficulty of this form of leadership cannot be resolved, andindeed is necessary for securing the strength and stability of democracy.

About The Author

John Kane researches and teaches in political theory, political leadership, and US foreign policy. He is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia r s1 Patapan's research interests are in democratic theory and practice, political philosophy, political leadership, and comparative constit...

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Title:The Democratic Leader: How Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its LeadersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:April 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. The Neglected Problem of Democratic Leadership3. Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Legitimacy4. The Moral Dilemma of Democratic Leadership5. Leadership and Democratic Rhetoric6. Leadership in a Constitutional Democracy7. The Bureaucratic Challenge to Democratic Leadership8. Democratic Leadership in Foreign Affairs9. Honour and Democratic Leadership 14410. ConclusionReferencesIndex