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The Complexities of Party Leadership

  • Richard Rose

Abstract

A party leader, unlike an entertainment celebrity, does not owe his eminence to intrinsic personality traits; he owes his eminence to a position within a large and complex organization. The personalities of party leaders are variable: there is little that George Lansbury, Clement Attlee and Hugh Gaitskell had in common as individuals, except that each was a leader of the Labour Party. Similarly, Winston Churchill, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath differ in personality from each other; yet each has been a post-war leader of the Conservative Party.

Keywords

Prime Minister Trade Union Party Leader British Government Labour Party 
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Copyright information

© Richard Rose 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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