Maythorne, L and Peterson, J (2010) New model leadership in a new European Union.


It is widely agreed that the EU suffers from a leadership deficit. Recent work on ‘leaderless Europe’ has uncovered the depth of the problem. This report argues that, first, the EU is by no means alone in suffering from a leadership deficit; and, second, that debates about leadership of the European project have shifted. Once framed in terms of the leadership of ‘great men’ such as Monnet, Delors, or Kohl, or by major powers such as France and Germany, this report suggests that what is effectively a new European Union demands a new model of leadership. This report mines literatures beyond EU studies on new modes of leadership: adaptive and symbolic leadership. It argues that, contract to accepted wisdom, the EU has new leaders who may be able to provide them.

Item Type: Commissioned Report

Edinburgh Europa Paper Series 2010/01.

Keywords: Leadership deficit, European Commission, European Union, France, Germany, modes of political leadership
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Research Office / Professional Services
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