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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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Jerry Brown and the Triumph of Leadership

Jerry Brown and the Triumph of Leadership

Leadership Capital and the Financial Rescue of California

(p.101) Chapter 6 Jerry Brown and the Triumph of Leadership
The Leadership Capital Index

Charles F. Parker

Oxford University Press

In 2010, Jerry Brown completed a remarkable political comeback by winning an overwhelming electoral victory to return to the office of Governor of California, a position he first won in 1974 and again in 1978. Upon embarking on his third term as governor, Brown inherited a broken and broke state, since the outgoing governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, left office with a budget deficit of nearly $27 billion. By 2014, Brown had turned the state’s financial situation around by cutting spending and increasing taxes. The result was a large budget surplus and the restoration of the Golden State’s economic and political health. This chapter utilizes the LCI to make sense of how Jerry Brown has made use of his powers of public persuasion and the powers of his office to master the state’s unwieldy political system and control its public finances while securing an unprecedented fourth gubernatorial term.

Keywords:   Jerry Brown, Edmund Gerald Brown Jr., leadership, California Governor, California political system, California financial crisis, political comebacks, bounce-back leader, leadership capital, political leadership

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