John Kane and Haig Patapan

in The Democratic Leader

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199650477
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739071 | DOI:

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The tension between leadership and popular sovereignty can never be resolved. If true, this has major implications for democratic leaders and democracies more generally. The most important of these is the insight that by compelling leaders to negotiate the challenge of democratic leadership, democracies are strengthened precisely because they impose and thereby affirm the sovereignty of the people. The problem that seems to pose the greatest challenge to democracy—the problem of democratic leadership—proves to be its greatest strength.

Keywords: leadership; popular sovereignty; democratic leadership

Chapter.  1166 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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