Members versus experts: the perceptions of party leadership styles in new democracies

Gherghina, S. (2020) Members versus experts: the perceptions of party leadership styles in new democracies. European Review, 28(5), pp. 810-825. (doi: 10.1017/S1062798720000253)

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Party leaders are highly relevant for contemporary political arenas. Their leadership styles have been often investigated relative to their behaviour and attitudes, but rarely through the lenses of those who observe them closely. This article aims to fill this gap in the literature and compares the ways in which party members and experts evaluate leaders on the transactional–transformational continuum. It uses individual-level data from a survey conducted in 2018 with a modified version of the MLQ. The analysis focuses on eight parliamentary parties in Romania and Bulgaria, covering 19 party leaders and 33 terms over a period of 15 years (2004–2018). The results indicate important differences in the assessment of party leaders, with members having more heterogeneous opinions and seeing them more transformational in comparison to experts.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:European Review
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1474-0575
Published Online:17 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Academia Europaea
First Published:First published in European Review 28(5):810-825
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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