This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised.
Chapter 11: Political Leadership: The Long Road to Theory
Political Leadership: The Long Road to Theory
This chapter takes a rather different perspective by focusing directly on individuals rather than institutions and concentrates largely on the ‘great men’ of recent history. It examines four distinct aspects of the topic: theoretical perspectives; leadership styles and techniques; psychology and leadership; and philosophy and leadership.
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 ...