31671 - Leadership and Political Communication

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to  analyse the different aspects of political leadership in contemporary democracies.  At the end of the course students are supposed to be able to manage  political science and political communication concepts and models in order to analyse the different case studies of government and party leaders in western democracies.

Course contents

The leadership

- Leadership and power

- The leader: diagnosis, solutions, mobilisation

- The leader’s skills: the leader and his team

- The leader and the followers: the charismatic leadership

- The leader and the followers: soft power and transformative leadership

- The leader: personality and style

The personalisation of politics

- The concept

- The causes of personalisation

Celebrity politics

- Electronic media and the public

- Celebrity politicians

Storytelling

- The power of stories

- The collective action problem

- The political marketing

- Empirical examples

Storytelling and Populism

- The concept of populism

- The narrative of populist leaders

- Empirical examples

 

Readings/Bibliography

Mandatory readings:

- J. S. Nye, The Powers to Lead, New York, Oxford University Press, 2008.

- P. D. Marshall, Celebrity and Power. Fame in Contemporary Culture, University of Minnesota Press, 2014 (second edition), Preface, Part 1 (chapters 1,2,3) and Part 3 (chapter 8)

- F. W. Mayer, Narrative Politics, Oxford University Press, 2014, Parte 2 (chapters 4,5) and Part 3 (chapters 6,7).

- S. Ventura, I leader e le loro storie, Narrazione, comunicazione politica e crisi della democrazia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019. (The chapters and paragraphs to be studied will be indicate during the course). 


Other mandatory readings for those not attending the course:

S. Ventura, I leader e le loro storie, Narrazione, comunicazione politica e crisi della democrazia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2019.

D. Campus, Lo stile del leader, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016, capp. 2,3,e 4.

 


 


Teaching methods

Teaching  lessons and seminars.

Assessment methods

 
Written exam

Teaching tools

Power point, illustration of audiovisual materials.

Office hours

See the website of Sofia Ventura