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Interactive Political LeadershipThe Role of Politicians in the Age of Governance$
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Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777953.001.0001

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Towards a Concept of Interactive Political Leadership

Towards a Concept of Interactive Political Leadership

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Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines what political leadership means in the age of governance. In unison, theories of metagovernance and recent theories of political leadership provide the necessary building blocks for developing a concept of interactive political leadership that captures what political leadership implies in a context where the members of the political community take an active part in governing society. While metagovernance theory highlights the role of hands-off and hands-on forms of governance in regulating self-governance, new theories of political leadership provide a helpful redefinition of the role of power and the relationship between leaders and followers in political leadership. These important insights pave the way for the development of a concept of interactive political leadership and a specification of nine tasks for political leaders in multi-actor policy-making. The chapter concludes by listing a number of challenges and dilemmas facing politicians who aspire to become interactive political leaders.

Keywords:   interactive political leadership, political metagovernance, enabling power, smart power, followers, robust authorization

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