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dc.contributor.authorRhodes, Rod
dc.contributor.editorR.A.W. Rhodes & P. t'Hart
dc.description.abstractThis chapter surveys how the field has addressed the central puzzles of political leadership by discussing several key dichotomies that have been the focal point of scholarly inquiry and debate past and present: leaders and leadership; democrats and dictators; causes and consequences; actors and context; personal qualities and luck; success and failure; and art and science. The authors conclude that the study of leadership is a somewhat bewildering enterprise because there is no unified theory of leadership. There are too many definitions, and too many theories in too many disciplines. They do not agree on the meaning of leadership, on how to study it, or even why we study it. The subject is not just beset by dichotomies; it is also multifaceted, and essentially contested. Finally, the authors provide a brief conspectus of the Handbook.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Theory and Political Philosophy
dc.titlePuzzles of Political Leadership
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorRhodes, Rod A.

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