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Where Power Stops: The Making and Unmaking of Presidents and Prime Ministers

Where Power Stops: The Making and Unmaking of Presidents and Prime Ministers
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Where Power Stops: The Making and Unmaking of Presidents and Prime Ministers
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  • ISBN: 9781788163347
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Lyndon Baines Johnson, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, and Donald Trump: each had different motivations, methods, and paths, but they all sought the highest office. And yet when they reached their goal, they often found that the power they had imagined was illusory. Their sweeping visions of reform faltered. They faced bureaucratic obstructions, but often the biggest obstruction was their own character.

However, their personalities could help them as much as hurt them. Arguably the most successful of them, LBJ showed little indication that he supported what he is best known for - the Civil Rights Act - but his grit, resolve, and brute political skill saw him bend Congress to his will.

David Runciman tackles the limitations of high office and how the personal histories of those who achieved the very pinnacles of power helped to define their successes and failures in office. These portraits show what characters are most effective in these offices. Could this be a blueprint for good and effective leadership in an age lacking good leaders?

Praise for How Democracy Ends:

'Presented in pellucid prose free of the jargon of academic political science, How Democracy Ends is a strikingly readable and richly learned contribution to understanding the world today ... surely one of the most luminously intelligent books on politics to have been published for many years.'

(John Gray New Statesman)

Bracingly intelligent...a wonderful read (Mark Mazower Guardian)

Full of intriguing new lines of thought (Gideon Rachman FT)

Refreshingly, rather than a knicker-twisting diatribe about Trump and Brexit, Runciman offers a thoughtful analysis about what popular democracy means, and its alternatives. (Katrina Gulliver Spectator)

Clear-headed, compact and timely (Irish Times)

An excellent book: it is well-written, evenly paced, accessible, non-academic in tone but very much so in rigour and thoughtfulness. It is sceptical but not pessimistic, and warnful but not alarmist ... It is heartily recommended for anyone who seeks to understand our current malaise and interested in this question of how democracy got to where it is today, and where it may go - if anywhere - next. (LSE Review of Books)

Refreshingly free of received and rehearsed wisdoms, Runciman doesn't tiptoe around sacred cows and invites us to take part in that most adult way of thinking: to examine contradictory ideas in tandem and ponder what the dissonance amounts to. . . . [H]e argues lucidly, persuasively, even exhilaratingly at times. The nightly news will never appear exactly the same again (Australian)

Praise for The Confidence Trap:

Runciman's book abounds with fresh insights, arresting paradoxes, and new ways of posing old problems (Andrew Gamble Times Literary Supplement)

 This rich and refreshing book will be of intense interest to anyone puzzled by the near paralysis that seems to afflict democratic government in a number of countries (John Gray New York Review of Books)

 As a corrective to the doom-and-gloomsters, this book makes some telling points, and he is a clear and forceful writer (Mark Mazower Financial Times)
Autor RUNCIMAN, David
An apariţie 2020
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Nr pagini 240
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B
Cuvinte cheie: david runciman