This chapter aims to assess the prevalence of top-down pioneering leadership in the legislative rather than governmental sector — the selling of innovative legislative bills rather than innovative proposals for government policy. As in the previous chapter, the assessment is based upon just one country and institution, in this case the US and its congressional legislature rather than Britain and its Cabinet government. But the US Congress has been chosen not because of its significance to Schumpeter’s theory of democracy — which ignored it — but because this legislature is the most likely to have seen many examples of entrepreneurial- style, pioneering leadership. For although the notion of entrepreneurship within the legislature has long been recognised by political scientists, it seems to be solely or very largely associated with the US Congress’s Senate and House of Representatives.
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