Studying Executive Leadership
This book is about executive leadership in Western democracies. Focusing specifically on the leadership performance of twenty-nine political ‘chief executives’1 in three major advanced democracies, it seeks to explore the emergence, development and impact of different leadership styles and strategies under different constitutional, political and historical conditions. In doing so, it tries to overcome the limitations of most of the available literature on the subject, which has either centred on historical comparisons of different leaders within a single country or ventured to compare whole countries without paying due attention to the considerable variations between different office-holders acting within a given country. However, while the focus of this study is considerably broader than that of many other works in the field, it is neither meant to be another general inquiry into the nature of political leadership2 nor a full-scale comparison of three governmental systems.
KeywordsPolitical Leadership Chief Executive Leadership Style Liberal Democracy Executive Branch
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