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The Democratic Leader: How Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its Leaders

John Kane and Haig Patapan

Abstract

The Democratic Leader argues that leaders occupy a unique place in democracies. The foundational principle of democracy—popular sovereignty—implies that the people must rule. Yet the people can rule only by granting a trust of authority to individual leaders. This produces a tension that results in a unique type of leadership, specifically, democratic leadership. Democratic leaders, once they have the confidence and authority of the people, are very powerful because they rule through consent and not through fear. Yet in many respects, they are the weakest of leaders, because democrats distrust ... More

Keywords: leadership, democracy, popular sovereignty, legitimacy, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199650477
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650477.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kane, author
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University

Haig Patapan, author
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University

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