Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior

Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior

Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior

Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior

Synopsis

Feldman and Valenty present state-of-the-art research evaluating relationships between personality, leadership, decision making, behavior, and context among political leaders and across divergent cultures. With chapters from outstanding international scholars, the text is unique in its examination of the utility of current research methods as applied to case studies from disparate societies.

Excerpt

Profiling Political Leaders: Cross-Cultural Studies of Personality and Behavior seeks to contribute to the growing interest in the field of personality and politics. The focus of this volume is the examination and application of a variety of methods designed to profile political leaders from divergent societies. It is innovative in the sense that this is the first scholarly attempt, in one volume, to examine the utility of these methods in the analysis of linkages between personality, political motivation, and behavior in countries such as China, Japan, Israel, Iran, Russia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Our original idea was to publish a volume that included several case studies of American political leaders. We, the editors, have agreed, however, to follow the advice of Dr. James T. Sabin, Director of Academic Research and Development at Greenwood Publishing Group, to dedicate a separate, full volume to the study of American political leadership. In retrospect, Dr. Sabin's advice was very useful and timely, and we thank him for that and for supporting our project as a whole.

The second volume, Political Leadership for the New Century: Personality and Behavior among American Leaders, is forthcoming from the same publisher. These volumes 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-volume set presents chapters that speak to each other in their attempt to find answers to similar queries using differing perspectives and diverse research meth-

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