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date: 14 November 2019

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Scholars taking a political psychology perspective on the study of political leadership are generally focused on establishing the linkages between what political leaders are like and the actions and policies of the institutions they run. They seek (1) to understand the factors that influence who becomes a political leader, (2) to explore what characteristics of leaders are likely to affect what they do politically, and (3) to examine the conditions under which political leaders’ personalities and experiences are likely to shape what their political units do. This chapter provides an overview of what has been learned in each of these three areas.

Keywords: political psychology, political leadership, leader characteristics, political recruitment, impact of leaders

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