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Title: A Note on the Rise and Decline of Strong Policy Leadership
Contributor(s): Wallis, Joe L (author); Dollery, Brian Edward  (author)
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: This paper seeks to extend Little's (1988) theory of strong leadership. It links the demand for strong leadership to the prominence of economic rationalism during a period (the 1980s) when the authority of an interventionist policy paradigm had diminished. It shows how strong leadership is collectively supplied by a network that use "expression games" to strengthen its internal cohesion and differentiate relevant alternatives. The inflexibility of strong leadership and its tendency to generate anxiety led to an increased demand for more empathetic leadership during the 1990s. Although leaders pursuing this style helped consolidate the comprehensive reforms by facilitating adjustment to the "new realities", their style also contained fatal flaws that are likely to generate disappointments and an eventual shift to a more pragmatic leadership style. A number of caveats to the application of this cyclical scheme that relates succeeding leadership styles to the stages of paradigmatic reform are considered.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 15(1), p. 3-24
Publisher: A B Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Bicester, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0260-1079
Field of Research (FOR): 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910199 Macroeconomics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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