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.
Paul 't Hart
Red Globe Press
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Series: The Public Management and Leadership Series
01 December 2014
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.
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).
Reviews for Understanding Public Leadership
'Paul 't Hart apologizes for writing 'another book on leadership.' No apologies are required. This is the book on leadership, and particularly on public leadership. Encyclopedic and discriminating in its literature review, genuinely helpful in its prescriptions for would-be leaders and its morally grounded democratic hopes for good public leadership, it should go straight to the top of 't Hart's included list of must reads.' - Mark H. Moore, Harvard University, USA