Studying political leadership in modern democracies

This program examines democratic governance from two seemingly-contrasting perspectives, which are in fact deeply related. It is concerned particularly with the theory and practice of political leadership in modern democracies, especially the way democracy defines, empowers and limits democratic leaders. It also examines democratic governance as a distributed phenomenon, comprised of networks and discourses reaching far into, and often originating in, the wider public sphere.

Thus, this research initiates a new approach that combines the study of political leadership, which is typically top-down in focus, with an approach that sets leadership in a rich context of bottom-up politics and dispersed institutions.

Program leaders: Professor John Kane


Professor John Kane, an expert in political leadership and US Foreign Policy, has written on current events in the US, the political environment, and the impact on the upcoming US election.

To read his piece, for the Policy Innovation Hub, Griffith University's Machinery of Government Blog - 'Perversive Leadership and Hyperpartisan Politics: What fate awaits America?'

Read John's article here


Professor John Kane has been thinking about impeachment. In his latest piece for The Machinery of Government blog he explores what it is, what it means and what may happen.

The Trump White House’s absolute refusal to cooperate with House Democrats in their impeachment inquiry represents a challenge to the legislative branch that may well lead to a full-blown constitutional crisis. It is therefore worth considering how the battle-lines are legally, institutionally and politically drawn in this looming contest.

Read John's piece here

Want to know more?

Get in touch with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy