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Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue presents a theory of leadership drawing on insights from Plato’s Republic, while abandoning his authoritarianism in favor of John Dewey’s democratic thought. The book continues the democratic turn for the study of leadership beyond the incorporation of democratic values into old-fashioned views about leading. The completed democratic turn leaves behind the traditional focus on a class of special people. Instead, leadership is understood as a process of judicious yet courageous guidance, infused with democratic values and open to all people.
The book proceeds in three parts, beginning with definitions and an understanding of the nature of leadership in general and of democratic leadership in particular. Then, Part II examines four challenges for a democratic theory of leadership. Finally, in Part III, the theory of democratic leadership is put to the test of addressing problems of poverty, educational frustration, and racial divides, particularly aggravated in Mississippi.
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About the Author
Eric Thomas Weber is associate professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism and Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy.
Table of Contents
Part I The Nature of Leadership and the Democratic Turn
Chapter 1 Leadership, Old and New: Aims and Definitions
Chapter 2 Lessons from Plato
Chapter 3 Dewey on Democratic Leadership
Chapter 4 Democratic Political Leadership
Part II Intellectual, Moral, and Cultural Challenges for Leadership
Chapter 5 Wisdom in Pragmatic Humanism
Chapter 6 How Is Leadership Learned?
Chapter 7 Democratic Leadership, East and West
Chapter 8 Ethics and Justice for Democratic Leadership
Part III A Test for Democratic Leadership
Chapter 9 Democracy and Leadership in Mississippi
Chapter 10 Conclusion
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