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Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior Among American Leaders

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Valenty, Feldman, and their contributors challenge the current state of political leadership studies by offering a variety of analytical methods from scholars around the world. While focused on American political leadership, the different approaches and vantage points offer fresh insights of the roles of cultural and political context, including the historical circumstance, environmental factors, and socialization agents that affect and shape American political leadership and ...

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Overview

Valenty, Feldman, and their contributors challenge the current state of political leadership studies by offering a variety of analytical methods from scholars around the world. While focused on American political leadership, the different approaches and vantage points offer fresh insights of the roles of cultural and political context, including the historical circumstance, environmental factors, and socialization agents that affect and shape American political leadership and performance.

The highly unusual and valuable approach includes multidisciplinary perspectives with contributors from the fields of political science, political psychology, philosophy, sociology, and economics. Scholars, students, and researchers from a variety of disciplines will find the evaluations of the interaction between personality, leadership, decision making, and context invaluable.

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Eleven contributions from academics, psychologists and other specialists analyze the connections between the personality, political motivation, and behavior of American leaders. Although aimed primarily at scholars of political leadership, the text is also accessible to students and the interested general reader. A sampling of topics includes a history of qualitative methodology, a quantitative assessment of the personality and leadership style of George W. Bush, and John F. Kennedy as a dramatic leader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970376
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA O. VALENTY is Assistant Professor of Political Sciences at San Jose State University.

OFER FELDMAN is Associate Professor of Social Psychology and Politics at Naruto University of Education, Japan. He is the author or editor of five earlier books, including Politically Speaking (Praeger, 1998) and Beyond Public Speech and Symbols (Praeger, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Appendixes
Preface
Introduction
I Overview: Assessing Personality and Behavior Among American Leaders 1
1 The Qualitative Study of Presidential Personality 3
2 Political Leadership: Some Methodological Considerations 9
3 Motivation and Political Leadership 25
II Quantitative Analysis: Contributions to the Study of Personality and Behavior 49
4 U.S. Presidents as Conflict Managers: The Operational Codes of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton 51
5 Motive Imagery and Integrative Complexity: Bill Clinton, George Mitchell, and the Northern Ireland Peace Talks 65
6 The Political Personality of U.S. President George W. Bush 81
7 Assessments of America's Chief Executives: Insights from Biographers and Objective Personality Measures 105
III Qualitative Analysis: Contributions to the Study of Personality and Behavior 135
8 Studying Images and Their Impact on Behavior: The Case of the Carter Administration 137
9 John F. Kennedy as Dramatic Leader 161
10 Cloak and Swagger: Personality and Leadership in the Vice Presidency of Spiro T. Agnew 179
11 Governing a Divided America in the New Millennium: Heroic versus Reflective Leadership 201
References 233
Index 259
About the Editors and Contributors 267
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