The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership by Mark BennisterThe Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership by Mark Bennister

The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership

EditorMark Bennister, Ben Worthy, Paul 't Hart

Hardcover | July 1, 2017

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The Leadership Capital Index develops a conceptual framework of leadership capital and a diagnostic tool - the Leadership Capital Index (LCI) - to measure and evaluate the fluctuating nature of the leadership capital of leaders. Differing amounts of leadership capital, a combination of skills,relations and reputation, allow leaders to succeed or bring about their failure. This book brings together leading international scholars in the field to engage with the concept of "leadership capital" and use and apply the LCI to a variety of comparative case studies. The book provides animportant, timely, and innovative contribution to the now flourishing academic discipline of political leadership studies. The LCI offers a comprehensive yet parsimonious and easily applicable 10 point matrix to examine leadership authority over time and in different political contexts. In each case, leaders "spend" and put their "stock" of authority and support at risk. United States president Lyndon Johnsonarm-twisting Congress to put into effect civil rights legislation; Tony Blair taking the United Kingdom into the invasion of Iraq; Angela Merkel committing Germany to a generous reception of refugees: all "spent capital" to forge public policy they believed in. The volume examines how office-holdersacquire, consolidate, risk, and lose such capital, and concentrates predominantly on elected "chief executives" at the national level, including majoritarian and consensus systems, multiple and singular cases, and also examines some presidential and sub-national cases. The Leadership Capital Indexis an exploratory volume, with chapters providing a series of plausibility probes to see how the LCI framework "performs" as a descriptive and analytical tool.
Dr. Mark Bennister is a Reader in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published articles and chapters in various journals and edited books on political leadership, prime ministerial power, political oratory and British and Australian politics. He was Principal Investigator (2015-16) on a Nuffield Foundation funded p...
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Title:The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political LeadershipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:July 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198783841

ISBN - 13:9780198783848

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Table of Contents

1. Mark Bennister, Paul 't Hart, and Ben Worthy: Understanding Political Leadership: The Leadership Capital Approach2. Ludger Helms and Femke van Esch: Turning Structural Weakness into Personal Strength: Angela Merkel and the Politics of Leadership Capital in Germany3. James Walter: 'No Loans for Ladies': Julia Gillard and Capital Denied4. Jon Johansson: From Triumph to Tragedy: The Leadership Paradox of Lyndon Baines Johnson5. Andras Korosenyi, Peter Ondre, and Andras Hajdu: A 'Meteoric' Career in Hungarian Politics6. Charles Parker: Jerry Brown and the Triumph of Leadership: Leadership Capital and the Financial Rescue of California7. Mark Bennister and Ben Worthy: Limits to Dominance? Comparing the Leadership Capital of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair8. Jonathan Malloy: (Mis)Managing Leadership Capital: Canadian Prime Ministers9. Femke van Esch, Marij Swinkels and Sabine van Zuydam: Modern Prime Ministerial Leadership in the Netherlands: Consensus or Confrontation?10. Par Daleus and Fredik Bynander: Swedish Coalition Governments and the Quest for Re-election11. Jose Olmeda and Cesar Colino: Leadership Capital in a Protracted Crisis: Spanish Prime Ministers Compared12. Selena Grimaldi: The Leadership Capital of Italian Presidents: The Politics of Constraint and Moral Suasion13. Jean Blondel: Measuring and Using Leadership Capital: Issues and Extension14. Erik Jentges: Leadership Capital: A Bourdieuian Reinterpretation15. Mark Bennister, Paul 't Hart and Ben Worthy: Conclusions: LCI Revisited