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Understanding Public Leadership

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 240
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The Public Management and Leadership Series

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16 October 2014

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This textbook provides a systematic and up-to-date introduction to political, public service and civic leadership. Drawing on a wide range of examples from across the Western world, it elegantly unpacks the dilemmas and...

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This textbook provides a systematic and up-to-date introduction to political, public service and civic leadership. Drawing on a wide range of examples from across the Western world, it elegantly unpacks the dilemmas and complexities that leaders inevitably face, therefore clearly illustrating the distinctive character of public leadership. Written by one of the most respected figures in the field internationally, this text offers an erudite perspective on leadership that avoids superimposing business strategies onto public institutions. With emphasis on both established approaches and cutting-edge research – including his own – the author provides an intellectually sophisticated but accessible assessment of the nature, limitations and potential of public leadership in the twenty-first century.

Packed with fascinating insights, questions, ideas and examples throughout, the text is the ideal theoretical and practical guide to public leadership. Engaging and thought-provoking, it is clear to see why this state-of-the-art textbook has become essential reading for students, academics and practitioners alike.

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  • Incorporates a range of illustrative material that explores the different concepts associated with leadership, and aids understanding of the challenges and motives behind good public leadership
  • Embeds detailed analysis of the varying styles of leadership, with real-life examples to help put theory into context
  • Offers a reflective critique of the direction leadership might take in future, and how social trends may affect its challenges, shape and styles
  • Includes an extensive bibliography, as well as a list of ten 'must reads' on public leadership

1. Unlocking Public Leadership
2. The Work of Public Leadership
3. Leading with Authority
4. Leading with Others
5. Leading in Context
6. Leading in Crises
7. Evaluating Public Leadership
8. Memo to an Agent of Change
9. Retrofitting Public Leadership.

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Paul 't Hart is currently Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, as well as Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration. A multiple prize-winning author, lecturer and consultant, his research and teaching focus on political and public sector leadership, crisis management, policy evaluation and public accountability. His recent books include The Real World of EU Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2010), How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government (Palgrave, 2011), Understanding Prime Ministerial Performance (Oxford University Press, 2013) and The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership (Oxford...

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Paul 't Hart is currently Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, as well as Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration. A multiple prize-winning author, lecturer and consultant, his research and teaching focus on political and public sector leadership, crisis management, policy evaluation and public accountability. His recent books include The Real World of EU Accountability (Oxford University Press, 2010), How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government (Palgrave, 2011), Understanding Prime Ministerial Performance (Oxford University Press, 2013) and The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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