- List of Contributors
- Puzzles of Political Leadership
- Western Political Thought
- Theory of Democratic Leadership
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Political Psychology
- Psychoanalytic Theories
- Social Psychology
- Rational Choice Approaches to Leadership
- Institutional Analysis
- Contextual Analysis
- Decision Analysis
- Social-Constructionist Analysis
- Rhetorical and Performative Analysis
- Experimental Analysis
- Observational Analysis
- At-A-Distance Analysis
- Biographical Analysis
- Personality Profiling Analysis
- Civic Leadership
- Party and Electoral Leadership
- Populism and Political Leadership
- Performative Political Leadership
- Political Leadership in Networks
- Political Leadership in Times of Crisis
- Leadership and the American Presidency
- Presidential Communication from Hustings to Twitter
- Executive Leadership in Semi-Presidential Systems
- The Variability of Prime Ministers
- The Contingencies of Prime-Ministerial Power in the UK
- Prime Ministers and their Advisers in Parliamentary Democracies
- Cabinet Ministers: Leaders, Team Players, Followers?
- Local Political Leaders
- Regional Political Leadership
- Leadership and International Cooperation
- Leadership of International Organizations
- Political Leadership in China
- Latin American Leadership
- Post-Communist Leadership
- African Political Leadership
- Can Political Leadership be Taught?
- Does Gender Matter?
- What Have We Learned?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter probes the past, present, and emerging scholarship in the study of African political leadership. Key questions the chapter will seek to address include: what is the state of the study of African political leadership? It provides a primer on some of the salient and distinctive scholarship and studies already produced in various realms of African political leadership. It concludes with a brief reflection on the challenges with which Africa’s political leaders are likely to be confronted with as well as the commensurate challenges, issue areas, and research that scholars of African political leadership should be expending greater focus, time, and energy on in order to energize and expand the field of African political leadership studies even further.
Gerrie Swart lectures in African Politics and Political Conflict at the University of Stellenbosch, situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. He obtained a BPolSci (International Studies) (Cum Laude) (UP), BA (Hons) (International Relations) (Cum Laude) (UP), MA (International Relations) (Cum Laude) (UP) from the University of Pretoria and is currently registered to undertake doctoral studies at Stellenbosch University. He has published extensively on a wide array of topics related to the study of African affairs, including peace, conflict and security matters with specific emphasis on the African Union. His most recent work includes: “Africa leads the way: the trends and triumphs of the continent’s leadership renaissance,” African Renaissance, 5 (1) (2008) UK: Adonis and Abbey Publishers, where he served as Guest Editor on the issue, “Symposium: the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a vanquished war, a consolidating peace?” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 23 (2, April–June) (2011), where he served jointly as Guest Editor with Sadiki Koko. His most recent book publication includes A Vanquished Peace? Prospects for the Successful Reconstruction of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, London: Adonis and Abbey Publishers (2010), where he collaborated with numerous African and international scholars as Editor of the volume. He also recently collaborated with Joleen Steyn-Kotze (of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth) on a chapter entitled “Conflict resolution counselling” in Counselling People of African Ancestry edited by Elias Mpofu, New York: Cambridge University Press (2011). He is also the Founding Editor of the newly-established Journal of African Union Studies published by Adonis and Abbey Publishers in London in 2012.
Jo-Ansie van Wyk lectures International Politics at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. She has obtained an MA (Political Science) from the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch (South Africa) and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria. The theme of her doctoral dissertation is South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy since 1990. She has published on political event management, elites and leadership, international relations, foreign policy, space politics, South African politics, nuclear issues, environmental issues and international political economy. She is Fulbright Alumna and a Member of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art). She has served as the Review Editor of Politikon (Routledge/Taylor and Francis) and the Editor of Politeia (Unisa Press). She has lectured at the South African National Intelligence Academy, the South African National Defence College, the South African War College and the South African Diplomatic Academy. She has completed consultancies for the World Bank, UNESCO, the Institute for Security Studies, the South African Department of Foreign Affairs, and Consultancy Africa Intelligence. In June 2010, she was appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry to serve on the South African Council for Space Affairs (SACSA). Her publications on leadership in Africa include: “Cadres, capitalists, elites and coalitions: the ANC and development in South Africa,” Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)) Discussion Paper 46, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet: Uppsala, 2009, 61pp. “Political leaders in Africa: presidents, patrons or profiteers?” The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) Occasional Paper Series. Volume 2, No 1. ACCORD: Durban, 2007, 38pp. Her forthcoming publication (co-edited with Chris Landsberg) is South African Foreign Policy Review, Volume 1, Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and African Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria, forthcoming.
Maryke Botha is a former Masters Student in International Studies in the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch.
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