Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior among American Leaders

Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior among American Leaders

Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior among American Leaders

Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior among American Leaders

Synopsis

Valenty, Feldman, and their contributors challenge the current state of political leadership studies by offering a variety of analytical methods from scholars around the world. While focused on American political leaders, the different approaches and vantage points offer fresh insights of the roles of cultural and political context, including the historical circumstance, environmental factors, and socialization agents that affect and shape American political leadership and performance.

Excerpt

This volume follows our previous project titled Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior (edited by Ofer Feldman and Linda O. Valenty), published recently by Praeger (2001). While the first volume focused on the examination and application of a variety of methods designed to profile political leaders from divergent societies, the present volume is dedicated to American case studies. This volume represents a unique scholarly endeavor in that it examines the utility of these methods in the analysis of linkages between personality, political motivation, and behavior among American political leaders.

In the broad sense, both the present and the previous volume should be read together, as they combine contributions from international scholars concerned with cross-cultural perspectives on political leadership and communicate across national and disciplinary boundaries with contributing authors from a variety of societies and disciplines, including history, political science, psychology, social psychology, and communication. The two volumes aim to stimulate broad general appeal and professional interest in the linkages between personality and political behavior. Taken as a whole, the two-volume set addresses the role of a nation’s culture and politics in framing the association between psychological profile and leadership performance. Several chapters call attention to the fact that cross-cultural comparative research on leadership should be applied within the broader study of cultural and national differences and characteristics, with acknowledgment and understanding that the behavior and function of leaders within societies can shed light on the (accepted) behavior and norms of the societies themselves.

While working on this project and preparing these two volumes, we

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