- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books (January 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739151231
- ISBN-13: 978-0739151235
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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- #2649 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Elections & Political Process > Leadership
- #6669 in Books > Textbooks > Social Sciences > Political Science > Political Ideologies
- #7491 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Ideologies & Doctrines > Democracy
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Democracy and Leadership: On Pragmatism and Virtue
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Weber is direct and interesting.... Weber demonstrates critical and creative thinking skills when detailing solutions to public problems such as the controversial presence of sex education and corporal punishment in public schools, and the challenge of respecting free speech while confronting the prospects of a KKK rally at the University of Mississippi.... Weber’s book is useful and even inspiring, and the weight of common opinion should incline in favor of this work. (The Pluralist)
This book will certainly re-orient the field of leadership studies, but its impact will extend beyond that field. By connecting leadership with broader issues about participatory democracy, Weber will find grateful readers across political theory. He strikes a tone of optimistic practicality that especially rings true for pragmatic generation Xers and civic-minded Millennials. This book and its author are positioned as precisely that sort of new public voice capable of leading the next generations as they rise into political power and leadership themselves. (John Shook, University at Buffalo, New York)
From Plato through today's college students, Eric Weber's Democracy and Leadership carefully examines the pedagogy of leadership development. Because the book is so rich in content and style, you can add Weber's name to a select list of noted Southern scholars and writers. (James L. "Skip" Rutherford, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service)
This superbly researched and written book defines more clearly than anything that I have read in recent years the elements that are essential for a democratic political system to fulfill its proper mission. Coming as it does in a time of diminished public decision-making capability, particularly at the national government level, this volume points the way out of our current malaise. It should be read by every citizen who wants to see our system work as well as it is capable of. As a former governor of Mississippi, I can attest to the value of the wise and pragmatic counsel it contains. (William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi)
In Democracy and Leadership, Eric Thomas Weber draws from Plato’s virtues of the ideal city, updated with democratic values and insights from John Dewey, to present both a general and a democratic theory of leadership. Central to the project is the democratic turn away from thinking of leadership as persons to thinking of it as a process open to all.
About the Author
Eric Thomas Weber is associate professor of public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Rawls, Dewey, and Constructivism and Morality, Leadership, and Public Policy.
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The thoughts of Plato are compared with those of one of the heroes of the author, John Dewey. The reader is provided with ample opportunity to get to know Dewey’s thoughts on education, pragmatic humanism and democracy and is thus able to appreciate why Dewey is held in such regard.
The third experience for the reader of this book is learning about what it takes to be a leader. We see how leaders can apply the Platonic virtues, and we learn how a liberal arts education, as promoted by Dewey, can benefit and shape the direction of future leaders. We also see how leadership is applied in the state of Mississippi, the author’s adopted state.
This text will be of great benefit to students, due to its clear writing style and its sincere and respectful tone. Of particular interest to me was the chapter on Democratic leadership in China via an exploration of the writings of scholar Keping Wang. I recommend adoption of this text by colleges and universities – and I do believe it would even be acceptable for use by high school students in honors classes.