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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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Interactive Political Leadership as a Driver of Policy Innovation

Interactive Political Leadership as a Driver of Policy Innovation

(p.70) 6 Interactive Political Leadership as a Driver of Policy Innovation
Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, enhancing the public sector’s innovation capacity has been high on the agenda of many Western governments. Fiscal constraints and mounting policy problems related to public health, crime prevention, elderly care, immigration, and global warming have intensified the search for new innovative policy strategies and governance methods. Leadership is often mentioned as a key driver of and condition for promoting public innovation but most attention has been paid to the role of public managers as drivers of policy innovation, and the approach to innovation has been managerial rather than political. The main argument made in Chapter 6 is that the public sector’s policy innovation capacity ultimately hinges on the extent to which politicians step into the role of policy entrepreneurs and perform leadership of collective policy innovation processes, rather than leaving this task to public managers. Although there are barriers and dilemmas to overcome, interactive political leadership offers an opportunity for politicians to step into the role of policy entrepreneurs and, by doing so, strengthen the output legitimacy of representative democracy.

Keywords:   policy entrepreneurs, managerial leadership, collaborative policy innovation, policy innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, output legitimacy

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