The Neglected Problem of Democratic Leadership

John Kane and Patapan Haig

in The Democratic Leader

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650477
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739071 | DOI:
The Neglected Problem of Democratic Leadership

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Why is there no extensive scholarly discussion of democratic leadership? This chapter explores how elite theorists understood leadership as fundamentally undemocratic, and how democratic theorists, accepting this, sought to solve the problem of leadership by redefining democracy (as participatory, associative, deliberative democracy) in the implicit hope that, under more ideal conditions, all might lead democratically.

Keywords: elitism; participatory democracy; deliberative democracy; associative democracy

Chapter.  8472 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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