Building: Jean-Brillant Floor: 3 Room: B-3295
Ongoing scholarly debates on leadership capital and political leadership have shown that authority and credibility are crucial assets for political leaders, but also that their attainment nowadays is not as straightforward as it might have been in the past. This is because the demands placed on contemporary leaders are different and because the socio-economical, institutional and political contexts in which they operate have changed considerably. In this panel we explore the sources of authority different types of leaders (can) draw on in their relationships with citizens, as well as the communicative characteristics of the interaction between citizens and leaders at different levels of government. We welcome analyses of political leaders’ performance on the national stage, but we also want to address authoritative leadership on other government levels (e.g. local or regional). To this end, our panel aims to include papers that address questions of authority by means of single or comparative case studies as well as papers that focus on either a single or multiple levels of government.