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Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership

Former Leaders in Modern Democracies

Political Sunsets

Editors: Theakston, K., Vries, J. de, de Vries, Jouke (Eds.)

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What comes next for a former leader in a democracy - a Prime Minister or President obliged to leave office because they have lost an election, come to the end of their constitutionally-fixed term, lost the backing of their party, or chosen to leave? This book analyses the role and political influence of former leaders in Western democratic states.

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STEPHEN AZZI Associate Professor of Political Management, Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, Carleton University, Canada DAVID S. BELL Professor of French Government and Politics at the University of Leeds, UK PAUL 'T HART Professor of Public Administration, University of Utrecht and Associate Dean, Netherlands School of Government, The Hague DAN KORN former Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and a former Member of the Knesset IWAN MORGAN Professor of United States Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK EOIN O'MALLEY Lecturer in Political Science, Dublin City University, Ireland HIDDE ONSTEIN Assistant to the Dean of Campus den Haag, Leiden University, Netherlands WILLIAM E. PATERSON Honorary Professor of German and European Politics, Aston University, UK ILONA REZSÖHAZY FNRS Junior Researcher, Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe (ISPOLE), University of Louvain, Belgium PAUL STRANGIO Senior Lecturer in Politics, Monash University, Australia KEVIN THEAKSTON Professor of British Government, University of Leeds, UK JOUKE DE VRIES Professor of Public Administration and Dean of Campus Den Haag, Leiden University, Netherlands LIEVEN DE WINTER Professor of Political Science, Louvain University, Belgium

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'The gods of politics are wrathful deities. How they like to grind the once mighty. Kevin Theakston and his colleagues have written a fine book on the fallen blending nicely a sense of both humanity and tragedy. Leading a country is not a pursuit that brings recollections in tranquillity. All would-be Prime Ministers and Presidents should read this book before they run for office.'

- Lord Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, UK

'What do Presidents and Prime Ministers do after they leave office? Do they enjoy continued influence, or just fade away? Theakston and de Vries' collection brings together a formidable range of experts in the field of leadership studies to examine this issue. Such a synthesis of analyses is as welcome as it is necessary, for political leadership studies are scattered and under-researched. The book is rich in anecdotes, and tells us too of the personalities involved, the dedication as well as the egos, and their role. The book is comprehensive in its comparative scope and coverage of constitutional and conventional frameworks, and the political cultures that prevail in the wide range of countries studied; so much so, that this penetrating focus on what politicians do 'after power' tells us a great deal about the nature of politics and power themselves in the range of countries studied ... The study is a much-needed contribution to the theorisation of comparative political leadership.'

- John Gaffney, Professor of Politics, Aston University, Birmingham, UK


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Former Leaders in Modern Democracies
Book Subtitle
Political Sunsets
Editors
  • K. Theakston
  • J. de Vries
  • Jouke de Vries
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-26531-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137265319
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-31447-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33971-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 254
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