In leadership research there is a long tradition of focusing attention on
the great and successful leaders and, more recently, on issues of good
governance. This study breaks new ground by looking systematically into
the manifestations and causes of poor leadership and bad governance in
some of the world’s most powerful democracies.
Focusing on the presidents and prime ministers of the G8 – the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and
Japan – it explores the complex relationship between weak and ineffective
leadership, undemocratic leadership techniques, and bad policies from
a broad comparative perspective. What makes leaders weak or bad
in different contexts? What are the consequences of their actions and
behaviour? And has there been any learning from negative experience?
These questions are at the centre of this fascinating joint inquiry that
involves a team of truly distinguished leadership scholars.
This book will prove invaluable for scholars and students of leadership,
political science, contemporary history, and related academic disciplines.
Readers with a general interest in public affairs and political history will
also find plenty to interest them.