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Political Leadership: The Long Road to Theory
Political leadership: The long road to theory
David S.Bell
Introduction

Leadership is ‘one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth’ and the study of it in the ‘political sciences’ has increased in recent years (McGregor Burns, 1978: 2; also Edinger, 1964, 1967; Paige, 1965). There are, of course, many biographies of leaders (in a very popular genre) but these almost invariably deal with the spectacular figures of political life, the successes and ...

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