Innovative Leaders in International Politics

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Gabriel Sheffer
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Social Science - 294 pages
In today's world, national leaders have immense power to make decisions affecting millions of lives, both domestically and internationally. Yet questions about the performance of these leaders, and specifically what psychological or external factors determine whether they will be innovative and effective or will muddle through, have received surprisingly little attention.

An introductory section presents main themes in the study of innovative leadership and in addition reviews the existing, inadequate state of our knowledge. The two subsequent sections further explore the basic questions through case studies of leaders in democratic systems and in transitional or authoritarian systems. By looking at the individual records of such major twentieth-century leaders as De Gaulle, Adenauer, Gandhi, Gorbachev, Sadat, and several American presidents, the authors contribute fresh insights about the particular leaders, consider how the type of system in which they functioned enhanced or constrained their innovativeness, and shed light on the broader questions of what factors encourage or inhibit successful innovation in the international sphere.
 

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Contents

A Preface to Studies in Political Leadership
3
Main Issues of Innovative Leadership in International Politics
21
Innovative Leaders in Democratic Systems
43
Making a Difference at the International Level The American President as World Leader
45
De Gaulle as an Innovative Leader
67
Moshe Sharett The Legacy of an Innovative Moderate Leader
83
Innovative Leaders in Transitional or Authoritarian Systems
107
Adenauer as Political Innovator
109
Innovative Leadership in Modern India M K Gandhi Nehru and I Gandhi
187
Gorbachev The Devolution of Power
217
Sadat The Innovative Capacity of Traditionalization
231
A Final Overview
243
BIBLIOGRAPHY
249
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
281
INDEX
285
Copyright

Innovative Leadership in the Transition to Democracy and a New Democracy The Case of Spain
141

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Gabriel Sheffer is Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, and Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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