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In Favor of “Leader Proofing”

King, Anthony (2016) 'In Favor of “Leader Proofing”.' Daedalus, 145 (3). pp. 124-137. ISSN 0011-5266

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Abstract

Although it is widely assumed that successful polities require strong leaders, something like the opposite is probably the case. A successful political system may well be one that has no need of strong leaders and may even eschew them. Strong leaders may occasionally be desirable in any polity, but those occasions are–or should be–rare. As often as not (possibly more often than not) strong leaders pose substantial risks. They are liable to do as much damage as good, possibly more. There is a lot to be said for any polity's political culture and institutions having built into them a fair amount of “leader proofing.”

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2016 14:10
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17406

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