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date: 15 November 2019

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The key subject of this chapter is the inherently paradoxical idea of democratic leadership. The theoretical and empirical kinship between different styles of leadership and different models of democracy is at the centre of the study, analysing which forms of democracy thrive under the guidance of which types of leaders. The authors argue that political leaders increasingly operate in more hybrid forms of democracy—that is, democratic regimes in which characteristics of different models of democracy are combined, and for that reason are required to develop innovative political repertoires that could be characterized as ‘kaleidoscopic leadership’. They posit that the interaction between the theoretical modelling of democracy and the empirical expressions of leadership must be central to political leadership studies.

Keywords: democratic theory, political leadership, models of democracy, hybrid democracy, kaleidoscopic leadership

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