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The Democratic LeaderHow Democracy Defines, Empowers and Limits its Leaders$
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John Kane and Haig Patapan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199650477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650477.001.0001

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Democratic Leadership in Foreign Affairs

Democratic Leadership in Foreign Affairs

(p.127) 7 Democratic Leadership in Foreign Affairs
The Democratic Leader

John Kane

Haig Patapan

Oxford University Press

The severe constraints on democratic leaders in the domestic sphere often lead them to turn to foreign affairs with some relief and hope. In a field that is imperfectly understood by most ordinary people, and in which fewer constraints are imposed on leadership action, a leader may find the freedom and opportunity to play the more genuine ‘statesman’. In the extreme case of war, he or she is granted extraordinary, almost monarchic authority for the sake of the people’s safety. Yet even here, where the leader’s authority seems most unchallengeable, it is nevertheless frequently questioned and circumscribed, and often because the leader’s understanding of what the people’s security requires and what the people will, in good conscience, permit differs. This chapter examines the way democratic leaders must try to negotiate these unique problems of international relations.

Keywords:   international relations, wars, security, diplomacy

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