The seven essays in Leadership in Context explore important questions at the heart of understanding political leadership. The relationship between personal political skill, the strength or weakness of institutional roles available to leaders, and the changing historical and political context in which leaders act forms the central discussion of each chapter.
Erwin C. Hargrove is professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University. John E. Owens is professor of U.S. government and politics in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, U.K.
Chapter 1 Leadership in Context Chapter 2 Presidential Leadership: Skill in Context Chapter 3 Late Twentieth Century Congressional Leaders as Shapers of and Hostages to Political Context: Gingrich, Hastert, and Lott Chapter 4 Political Skills and Context in Prime Ministerial Leadership in Britian Chapter 5 The Prime Minister in Canada and the Rise of Personalized Leadership Chapter 6 Comparing Jacques Delors and Jacques Santer as Presidents of the European Commission: Skill in Supranational Context Chapter 7 The Leadership Styles of the German Chancellors from Schmidt to Schroeder Chapter 8 The Essence of Presidential Leadership in France: Pompidou, Giscard, Mitterand, and Chirac as Coalition Builders