85418 - Models of Political Leadership

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course provides the analytical tools to examine the phenomenon of the political leadership in its different facets, basing on approaches and research from a range of disciplines : the analysis of political institutions, organization theory, cognitive psychology, and political theory. At the end of the course students are able to distinguish different leadership styles ; to appraise the role and the function of the leadership in contemporary democracies ; to assess the impact of variables such as gender and culture on the selection and the style of political leaders.

Course contents

Main subjects are:

Psychological theories of leadership

Relationship between leaders and followers

Leadership and gender

Leadership and theory of democracy

Leadership, personalization and presidentialization

Leadership and populism

Readings/Bibliography

Rhodes and t'Hart, (a cura di), Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership, Oxford University Press, 2014: capitoli 8: Margaret G. HermannPolitical psychology and the study of political leadership; capitolo 25: Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira KaltwasserPopulism and political leadership,

N. Keohane, Thinking about Leadership, Princeton University Press, 2010: capitolo 5, pp. 155-193

Campus D, Lo stile del leader, Decidere e comunicare nella democrazie contemporanee. Il Mulino, 2016: cap 1, pp. 19-47.

Campus, D.Women Political Leaders and the media, Palgrave, 2013, cap 1, pp.10-21

Poguntke e Webb (a cura di ), The presidentialization of politics, Oxford University Press, 2005, capitolo 1

Joseph Nye, Leadership e potere, Laterza, 2008, capitolo 3, pp. 63-99.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

Written text with open ended questions

 

Students attending classes (minimum 14 classes attended) and enrolled during the first 2 weeks of the course could make presentations. This will give them a bonus to be added to the final grade (more details will be given at the beginning of the course).

Office hours

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