In contemporary democracy how large a role does a leader’s style play? How important are her ways of making decisions and communicating them? How do personality traits, motivations, ideological beliefs influence a leader’s relationship with his followers, the media and citizens? And what about the institutional context: are its constraints so strong as to force a leader to adapt, or can a head of government exert power in a distinctly individual way? Drawing on examples such as Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi, Ronald Reagan, Angela Merkel, Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Romano Prodi, the book shows how leadership is a key feature for fully understanding the relationship between government and citizenry.
Donatella Campus teaches Political Science and Political Communication at the University of Bologna.