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The Leadership Capital IndexA New Perspective on Political Leadership$
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Mark Bennister, Ben Worthy, and Paul 't Hart

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198783848.001.0001

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Understanding Political Leadership

Understanding Political Leadership

The Leadership Capital Approach

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Understanding Political Leadership
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The Leadership Capital Index
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Mark Bennister, Paul ‘t Hart, Ben Worthy
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198783848.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the conceptual and methodological rationale for the book. The chapter reviews the field and places this new approach within the context of current leadership research. The Leadership Capital Index (LCI) builds on advances in understanding of how to track and assess political leadership. It offers the concept of “leadership capital,” as an aggregate of authority that reaches across the traditional divide between structure and agency through a flexible analytical tool. The LCI offers a comprehensive yet parsimonious and easily applicable ten-point matrix to examine leadership authority over time and in different political contexts. The chapter sets out how this tool is utilized in the examination of the eleven-country case studies to better understand and explain the “puzzles” of contemporary political leadership.

Keywords:   leadership capital, LCI, political leadership, leader-follower relations, authority claims, reputation, performance

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