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Dispersed Democratic Leadership: Origins, Dynamics, and Implications

John Kane, Haig Patapan, and Paul 't Hart


This book examines both the scope and consequences of the dispersal of the leadership role in democratic societies. Individual chapters investigate the many loci of leadership found in modern democracies, some ancient and some newly emergent, some institutionalized and some ad hoc, some self-consciously political and some avowedly apolitical. In assessing the effects of leadership dispersal, the book argues that understanding how policies are shaped in a democracy requires balancing the usual person-centred approach with one that is more contextual, institutional, and relational. The public le ... More

Keywords: leadership, democratic societies, policies, democracy, business, media, non-governmental organizations, bureaucracy, law, showbusiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562992
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kane, editor
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Policy; Deputy Director, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University

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

Paul 't Hart, editor
Professor of Political Science, Australian National University & professor of public administration, Utrecht University

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