Leadership and Politics: New Perspectives in Political Science / Edition 1

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Few aspects of public life are scrutinized and debated as intensely as leadership. It is crucial to the welfare of nations, the survival of political parties, and the functioning of interest groups and public corporations. And, as this volume demonstrates, political leadership is both a complex and elusive quality.

In twelve provocative, state-of-the-art essays, leading scholars in political science explore the meaning of political leadership from the shifting, kaleidescopic perspectives of the leaders, institutions, goals, procedures, problems, and traditions involved. The approaches, as varied as the subject itself, coalesce around the central question of how leaders interact with, transform, or are controlled by the organizations they lead.

Whether it's Erwin Hargrove writing on leadership in the TVA, Aaron Wildavsky on the relation between leadership and regime type, Clarence Stone on urban leadership, Morris Fiorina and Kenneth Shepsle on leadership and public choice theory, Robert Harmel on oligarchy in West Germany's Green Party, or George Edwards on presidential leadership in Congress, the authors provide perceptive analyses and suggest new directions for the discipline. For anyone concerned with the problems and potential of leadership in public life in the U.S. and Europe, these essays are certain to spark further debate on the question of political leadership.

Author Biography: Bryan D. Jones is professor of political science and director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington. His books include The Sustaining Hand: Community Leadership and Corporate Power and Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Causation, Constraint, and Political Leadership
Formal Theories of Leadership: Agents, Agenda-Setters, and Entrepreneurs
Morris Fiorina and Kenneth Shepsle
Leader-Follower Interactions in Mass Democracies
Bryan Jones
Two Conceptions of Institutional Leadership
Erwin C. Hargrove
A Cultural Theory of Leadership
Aaron Wildavsky
Strategies of Political Leadership in Diverse Settings
Frank Baumgartner
Paradigms, Power, and Urban Leadership
Clarence Stone
The Iron Law of Oligarchy Revisited
Robert Harmel
Leadership in the International System: Bismarck and Washington Compared
Manus Midlarsky
Presidential Leadership of Congress: The Role of Legislative Skills
George C. Edwards III
Coalition Leadership, Government Stability, and Macroeconomic Policy in European Democracies
John Robertson
Bureaucratic Leadership in Public Organizations
Kenneth Meier
Concluding Comments: Two Conceptions of Political Leadership Revisited
Bryan Jones
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