Module Identifier IP30820  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael Foley  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours (16 x 1 hour)  
  Seminar   8 Hours (8 x 1 hour)  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   70%  
  Project work   1 x 1,500 word project work   30%  


By the end of the module students will:

10 ECTS Credits


The main aim is to analyse the nature and role of leadership in contemporary politics. The course seeks to examine the development of leadership as a central issue in political debate and party calculations; to study the opportunities for, and constraints upon, leadership; to assess significance of leadership as a criterion of political evaluation and as a motive force in public action; and to appraise theories and debates surrounding the concept and practice of leadership in political contexts. For the purposes of focus and depth, the course will rely mainly upon examples taken from the US and the UK.   However, leaders in other systems will be included (e.g. Nelson Mandela, Boris Yeltsin).   

Where do leaders come from? How do they become leaders? What functions do they perform and what is the source of their authority? Are there born leaders or can leadership techniques be learnt? Is political leadership different to other forms of leadership? Why is there such an emphasis upon leadership in contemporary politics? What are the implications of this leadership-centred politics for conduct of contemporary democracy? By addressing itself to such questions, the course intends to provide a comprehensive introduction to the study of political leadership.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Howard Gardiner. Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership.
Michael Foley. The British Presidency: Tony Blair and the Politics of Public Leadership.