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

Publication Release

Professors Xu Yi-chong and Patrick Weller have recently published The Working World of International Organizations.  It is available through Oxford University Press.

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