Leadership in Context / Edition 256

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What is political leadership and does it operate differently in different political contexts? In addition to context, personal political skill plays a large role in the area of leadership, often yielding significant results. Whether a leader is active or passive, creating dynamic relations of talent and institutional powers or choosing to leave situations as they are, skill is frequently the key factor in policy achievement. In this book, editors Hargrove and Owens gather seven very different studies of skill in context. From the role of the European Commission president to the well established function of the president of the United States, each essay analyzes and interprets the effects of institutional powers and the environments in which leaders operate on their effectiveness and degree of personal talent each brings to the table.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742528536
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 256
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Erwin C. Hargrove is professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University. John E. Owens is professor of U.S. government and politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, U.K.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Leadership in Context 1
Presidential Leadership: Skill in Context 17
Late Twentieth Century Congressional Leaders as Shapers of and Hostages to Political Context: Gingrich, Hastert, and Lott 43
Political Skills and Context in Prime Ministerial Leadership in Britain 89
The Prime Minister in Canada and the Rise of Personalized Leadership 131
Comparing Jacques Delors and Jacques Santer as Presidents of the European Commission: Skill in Supranational Context 163
The Leadership Styles of the German Chancellors from Schmidt to Schroder 187
The Essence of Presidential Leadership in France: Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterrand, and Chirac as Coalition Builders 211
Index 236
About the Contributors 247
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