Coming up for air: degrees of freedom in local political leadership

Smolovic Jones, Owain; Grint, Keith and Holt, Clare (2013). Coming up for air: degrees of freedom in local political leadership. In: ILA 2013 Oceania Conference: Building the R&D of Leadership, 22-24 Apr 2013, Auckland, NZ.

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Abstract

Current research on political leadership draws attention to its contested and stretched characteristics. We conceptualise this milieu as representing the terrain for the identity work of political leaders, and the space generated for political leadership. This paper adopts a narrative analysis of ethnographic and in-depth interview data to map out the degrees of freedom (the leadership space) of political leaders. We seek to explore ways in which the space for political leadership is both opened up and closed down, and ask what this might tell us about possibilities for political leadership in the future.

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