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A model of political leadership

Morrell, K and Hartley, Jean (2006). A model of political leadership. Human Relations, 59(4) pp. 483–504.

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In this article we develop a model of political leadership. In doing so, we analyse the challenges facing political leaders in local government in England and Wales. We use this analysis as a basis for broader theorizing: about leadership at other levels of government and in other countries. The scope for applying extant accounts of leadership in these domains can be enhanced by considering the relational complexities that characterize the environment within which political leaders act; by doing so we offer an agenda for research. We describe the context for political leaders in terms of figurational sociology, where figurations denote interdependent networks of social relations. These take shape in different arenas of action, and are partly influenced by the different roles that political leaders undertake. These figurations are also constituted differently given the diversity inherent in the context for enacting political leadership. We propose a conceptual model that serves both as a heuristic framework to organize conceptualization of this understudied area, and to orient future research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 The Tavistock Institute
ISSN: 1741-282X
Keywords: figuration; government; leadership
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 36823
Depositing User: Beryl Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 09:36
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:21
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