COMPLEX POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING | 2017
Leadership, Legitimacy and Communication
Peter Bursens (ed.), Christ'l De Landtsheer (ed.), Luc Braeckmans (ed.), Barbara Segaert (ed.)
ISBN 978 1 138 21114 8 (hbk)
ISBN 978 1 315 45353 8 (ebk)
223 pages, 240 x 160 mm
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Political and societal elites are increasingly confronted with complex
environments in which they need to take collective decisions.
Decision-makers are faced with policy issues situated at different
intertwined levels which need to be negotiated with different actors.
The negotiation and decision-making processes raise issues of
legitimacy, leadership and communication. Modern societal systems are
not only affected by horizontal specialization and diversity but also by
a vertical expansion of governance layers. The national level is no
longer the sole, or even the most important, level of governance. In
these complex environments, cognitive abilities and personalities of
political and societal elites have gained importance.
This book addresses the impact of an increasingly complex environment
on the legitimacy and transparency of polities, on the role of
leadership and political personality and on motivated images, rhetoric
and communication. Examining how these issues interact at the macro and
theoretical level, the types of problems decision-makers face and how
they communicate ideas with their audiences, it brings together leading
experts in political psychology, law and political science to bridge the
gap in the way these disciplines explore the issue of complex
This publication is a result of the international academic workshop Collective Decision Making in Complex Matters (2014).