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Complex political decision-making, leadership, legitimacy and communication, edited by Peter Bursens ... [et al.] - hbk

Political and societal elites are increasingly confronted with complex environments in which they need to take collective decisions. Decision-makers are faced with policy issues situated at different intertwined levels which need to be negotiated with different actors. The negotiation and decision-making processes raise issues of legitimacy, leadership and communication. Modern societal systems are not only affected by horizontal specialization and diversity but also by a vertical expansion of governance layers. The national level is no longer the sole, or even the most important, level of governance. In these complex environments, cognitive abilities and personality of political and societal elites have gained importance. This book addresses the impact of an increasingly complex environment on the legitimacy and transparency of polities, on the role of leadership and political personality and on motivated images, rhetoric and communication. Examining how these issues interact at the macro and theoretical level, the types of problems decision-makers face and how they communicate ideas with their audiences, it brings together leading experts in political psychology, law and political science to bridge the gap in the way these disciplines explore the issue of complex decision-making
Table Of Contents
Covert integration of core state powers : renegotiating incomplete contracts / Adrienne Héritier -- Patterns of covert integration in EU governance : response to Adrienne Héritier / Dirk De Bièvre and Peter Bursens -- Collective decision making within the European Union's legislative competences : a need for change? / Maaike Geuens -- Diversity and democratic legitimacy in the EU : what can we learn from other federal systems? / Matthias Vileyn and Peter Bursens -- Controlling covert integration in EU politics / Johan Adriaensen and Evelyn Coremans -- Leaders under stress : does cognitive ability affect career stability? / Peter Suedfeld -- Is complexity a stable personality construct component or is it (just) a matter of style and propaganda? : response to Peter Suedfeld / Christ'l De Landtsheer -- Political personality and complex decision making : the psychological profile and leadership style of Angela Merkel, the world's most powerful woman / Jurriaan Middelhoff, Petronella Schijvenaars and Christ'l De Landtsheer -- Collective decision making in complex matters : decision-making processes at an international level / Richard Herrmann -- The Ukrainian crisis revisited : response to Richard Herrmann / Tom Sauer -- Politics, it has never been so simple : complex versus simplistic rhetoric and the use of hyperbole in political decision-making in the Netherlands / Lieuwe Kalkhoven and Christ'l De Landtshee -- Complex political decision making : leadership, legitimacy and communication : concluding chapter and discussion / Christ'l De Landtsheer and Peter Bursens
Physical Description
xii, 223 p. ;, 25 cm

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