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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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Measuring and Using Leadership Capital

Measuring and Using Leadership Capital

Issues and Extension

(p.250) Chapter 13 Measuring and Using Leadership Capital
The Leadership Capital Index

Jean Blondel

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an overview of how the LCI has worked and reflects on three different areas of uncertainty around leadership capital. The first concerns the measurement and methodological approach adopted, especially around the attempt to score leadership and the exact means of quantifying the approach. The second examines exactly what aspects of leadership are considered and how they are weighted, arguing that personal values and agency are sacrificed for wider contextual and relational measures. Finally, it challenges the notion that leadership capital (almost) inevitably tends to decline over time and offers a more nuanced set of possibilities, as the curves of capital can be very different according to institutions and context. The chapter ends by looking at whether the LCI can extend beyond the borders of developed democracy with a provisional look at how the LCI may apply to political leaders elsewhere.

Keywords:   measurement, comparison, weighting, capital decline, institutions, context

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