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Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

Leadership and the Labour Party

Narrative and Performance

Authors: Gaffney, John

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The relationships between narrative and leadership, between rhetoric and performance, between doctrine and its voicing, are crucial to party politics and are underrated by both practising politicians and scholars. This study analyses the ‘performance of leadership’ in the UK Labour Party, and what this means for a new approach to understanding politics. The main focus of this study is the five-year leadership of Ed Miliband, 2010-2015. The fortunes of the party and the party leadership can be apprehended as a series of performed rhetorical events. A political leader’s persona is a construction that performs – rather like an actor – in the political space. The author identifies and analyses the architecture and the modalities of leadership persona construction and performance in contemporary politics.

About the authors

John Gaffney is Professor of Politics at Aston University, Birmingham, UK and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe.

Reviews

“John Gaffney has written a thoroughly timely yet spirited and wonderfully insightful book on Labour’s travails with the challenges of leadership, particularly in the post-Blair years. He shows us how Labour’s leaders ‘perform’ their role by means of speech and character, seeking – often despite their own or others’ ambivalence – to embody a unifying narrative without losing touch with the party’s historic ‘mission’. Gaffney then explores Ed Miliband’s recent troubled rendering of this impossible role. This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in the Labour Party and the Left today.” (James Martin, Professor of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Political Leadership, Rhetoric, and Culture: Aristotle Good, Max Weber Bad

    Gaffney, John

    Pages 1-21

  • Leadership Lessons from the Past

    Gaffney, John

    Pages 23-79

  • The Arc of Rhetoric and the Leader as Author

    Gaffney, John

    Pages 81-116

  • Rhetoric and Performance: Miliband’s Finest Hour (Sixty-Four Minutes and Forty-Seven Seconds, in fact)

    Gaffney, John

    Pages 117-144

  • Narrative Collapse and the Teller Without a Tale

    Gaffney, John

    Pages 145-198

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50498-2
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50497-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Leadership and the Labour Party
Book Subtitle
Narrative and Performance
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50498-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50498-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50497-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 267
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics