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Political and Civic Leadership A Reference Handbook by Richard A. Couto

Political and Civic Leadership A Reference Handbook


Political and Civic Leadership A Reference Handbook by Richard A. Couto

This title, within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership will provide undergraduate students and academics with an authoritative reference resource on political and civic leadership. This two-volume set will be centred on the 100 most important topics, issues, questions and debates specific to politics and civic society. This focus will provide students with more detailed information and depth of discussion than typically found in an encyclopedia entry but not as much jargon, detail or density as a journal article or a research handbook chapter. Chapters will cover key topics related to political and civic leadership including: personalities and environments of political leaders governance and allegiance roles citizen activists and civic engagement political campaigning urban politics and leadership public management ethics in politics policy development and implementation executive management of public opinion political speechmaking and the bully pulpit Congressional leadership crisis management.


This is an extraordinary tour de force that brings together the best thinkers on political and civic leadership studies. If there is one leadership reference book that should appear on your bookshelf, this is it! -- David G. Altman A remarkably varied and comprehensive presentation of the work of leading scholars in the field of leadership, edited by a longtime student of this challenging and crucial subject. Highly recommended. -- James MacGregor Burns

About the Author

Richard A. Couto (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky) is with Union Institute and University and a founding faculty member of the Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change. Prior to that he was a founding faculty member of the Jepson School at the University of Richmond, where he held the George M. and Virginia B. Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies, 1991-2002. During that period, he spent two years as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. At the Jepson School, Dr. Couto helped develop a curriculum that integrates classroom instruction with community service. He also taught at Tennessee State University Institute of Government in the fields of community leadership, social movements, public policy, politics, and experiential education. He began his academic career directing Vanderbilt University's Center for Health Services from 1975 through 1988. That center combined university resources with community assets-including local, grassroots leadership-in low-income areas of Appalachia and the rural South. He is considered a pioneer in the service-learning movement and a champion of the social change emphasis within it. His Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship, 1982-1985, recognized his work and permitted him to extend his studies at the international level. His work has won numerous national awards, including best book in transformational politics from the American Political Science Association, twice, the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize of the Independent Sector, 2000, and outstanding paper at the annual conference of the International Leadership Association in Amsterdam, 2005. Couto grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and received a BA from Marist college and an MA from Boston college. Being a Boston red sox fan since birth prepared him for the vocation of politics, which Max Weber described as a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective.

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Publication date

9th November 2010


Richard A. Couto

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SAGE Publications Inc


Contains 2 Hardbacks
1184 pages


Political leaders & leadership



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