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Political Leadership and the Northern Ireland Peace Process
 
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Political Leadership and the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Role, Capacity and Effect
 
 
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14 Nov 2006
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Examining the phenomenon of political leadership in the particular context of the Northern Ireland peace process, Cathy Gormley-Heenan argues that much of the literature on political leadership in general has made little meaningful connection with the issues of peace, conflict and divided societies. In this critical interpretation of the Northern Ireland peace process she shows how the 'leadership lens' offers insights not offered by conventional analyses of peacemaking processes. She suggests that political leadership was often necessarily contradictory in style and substance, and argues that such political leadership can best be described as 'chameleonic leadership'; an inconsistent leadership which shifts according to the opinion of others and the climate in which it exists.


Description

Examining the phenomenon of political leadership in the particular context of the Northern Ireland peace process, Cathy Gormley-Heenan argues that much of the literature on political leadership in general has made little meaningful connection with the issues of peace, conflict and divided societies. In this critical interpretation of the Northern Ireland peace process she shows how the 'leadership lens' offers insights not offered by conventional analyses of peacemaking processes. She suggests that political leadership was often necessarily contradictory in style and substance, and argues that such political leadership can best be described as 'chameleonic leadership'; an inconsistent leadership which shifts according to the opinion of others and the climate in which it exists.


Reviews

'...a well-researched and well-written overview of the leadership literature in political science.' - Journal of Peace Research


Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Conceptualizing Political Leadership in Peace Processes
Explaining Political Leadership in Northern Ireland
The Role of Political Leadership
The Capacity of Political Leadership
The Effect of Political Leaders on Other Political Leaders
The Limitations of Role, Capacity and Effect
Conclusion - Towards a New Understanding of Political Leadership
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

CATHY GORMLEY-HEENAN is a Lecturer in the School of Policy Studies, University of Ulster, UK. She is a member of the University's Social and Policy Research Institute, an associate researcher with the Transitional Justice Institute and an associate staff member of INCORE (International Conflict Research) where she held the 2004-3005 Tip O'Neill Fellowship.