Political Leaders Beyond Party Politics

  • Fortunato Musella

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-29
  3. Fortunato Musella
    Pages 31-63
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    Pages 95-124
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    Pages 153-167
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-179

About this book


This book studies party leaders from selection to post-presidency. Based on data covering a large set of Western countries, and focusing on the trends of personalisation of politics, the volume is one of the first empirical investigations into how party leaders are elected, how long they stay in office, and whether they enter and guide democratic governments. It also provides novel data on how leaders end their career in a broad and diverse range of business activities. Topics covered include political leaders’ increasing autonomy, their reinforcement of popular legitimation, often through the introduction of direct election by party rank and file, and their grip on party organization. The book will appeal to students and scholars interested in political parties, political leadership, the transformation of democracy, and comparative politics.


personalisation of politics how party leaders are elected lengths of political terms ends to political careers autonomy of political leaders political legitimation direct election of party leaders party leader influence transformation of democracy Membership ballots in party leadership elections party ideology party leader charisma Party leaders in democratic institutions Electoral support of party leaders post-presidency careers party politics political leaders political leadership

Authors and affiliations

  • Fortunato Musella
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  1. 1.University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

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