POSC365notes1

POSC365notes1 - 1/12/06 Paul Bremer: Presidential Envoy to...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: 1/12/06 Paul Bremer: Presidential Envoy to Iraq Relationships btwn any ppl = power relationships by default Humans are naturally power-oriented; all societies throughout history have been hierarchies Problem w/ comparing leaders: equivalence (i.e. power of Hitler vs. power of an American President is almost incomparable) Political physics : how to think causally- human behavior is interactive (i.e. a person hits someone else, they hit back violent; one hits, the other reacts peacefully; etc etc)- such interaction is a power interaction- since leaders are human, they react to the actions of others and their actions thus trigger reactions by their citizens and other leaders why do leaders lead and followers follow?- we can only answer this theoretically- biological factors : there is certain evidence that some of us are genetically predisposed for leadership (i.e. more testosterone and serotonin lead to more aggressive behavior) o can we really explain urges to lead with hormones and biology? Or is it an intellectual urge?- environmental factors : this is the evidence most heavily relied on (since it is most easily understood) do leaders change history?- evidence that they do: G.W. Bush o economic impact, war in Iraq: would any of this have occurred if Gore had been elected?- In times of crisis (war, depressions, etc), leaders are even more important b/c the opportunity to exercise power increases o Ex: 9/11 Bushs approval rating shot up when we were in state of crisis- It ultimately depends upon the leader o Lincoln gets all the fame, but what about Buchanan before him? o Buchanan didnt have the power personality, didnt take action Leaders, myths, and heros- power attracts people, so rumors and myths often develop around powerful, charismatic figures- amtscharisma : the charismatic halo that settle upon a person exclusively by virtue of their office/ the position they are holding, regardless of their natural charisma Is leadership learnable? Can there be a learning curve? ***- Eisenhower: not a great speaker, but he was loved b/c he symbolized American conquest over European fascism- When opportunity is presented to you to become president but you didnt actually seek the position out (Washington, Eisenhower) you must learn quickly how to get the job done- Again, depends upon the person- Many rely on advisors for help and guidance in their position of power o Machiavelli: wrote The Prince to advice his prince how to rule o Aristotle: teacher of Alexander the Great o Karl Rove: advisor to Bush, chief strategist (some would say hes the mastermind behind Bushs regime) Determinants of power and leadership- The following factors determine the level of a leaders power at a given time o Personality (see genetic factors above) o Environment (milieu): Teddy Roosevelt had the personality and wanted to exercise more power, but there was no crisis so he didnt get the opportunity o Experience : there is no school to teach you how to be president; only...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 02/28/2008 for the course POSC 365 taught by Professor Dekmejian during the Spring '06 term at USC.

Page1 / 24

POSC365notes1 - 1/12/06 Paul Bremer: Presidential Envoy to...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online