- 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
It is a fact that political delegation and hierarchical political structures are present in almost all countries, democratic and dictatorial alike. In this chapter we explore whether various strands of rational choice theory can justify and explain these two aspects of leadership.
Geoffrey Brennan is Professor in the Social and Political Theory group at the Australian National University, and holds a regular visiting position jointly in the Philosophy Department at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Political Science Department at Duke University.
Michael Brooks is an Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. Michael trained initially to be a high school teacher but was drawn back to economics, completing a Masters of Economics at Monash University and a PhD at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has lectured at the University of Tasmania for over 30 years. In recent years he has written on taxation, expressive voting and the economics of esteem. One of Michael’s more recent publications is with Geoffrey Brennan on the “cashing out” hypothesis and “soft” and “hard” policies. European Journal of Political Economy, 2011, 27 (4): 601–10.
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