Governing By Committee: Collegial Leadership in Advanced Societies

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State University of New York Press, 1989 M05 22 - 236 pages
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Governing by Committee is the first book-length study to examine decision-making among political executives. It examines sixteen advanced Western and Communist states and shows that collegial and semi-collegial patterns are far more common than is generally assumed.

Contrary to the assertions of Max Weber, Baylis contends that modern bureaucracy, with its growing role in policy-making and its intimate association with neocorporatist forms of interest group representation, offers a particularly congenial setting for collegial leadership.

A timely study, Governing by Committee opens a new dimension in the comparative study of political executives. But it also complements and contributes to the existing literature on political leadership, decision-making, consociationalism, and neocorporatism. It belongs as well to the still relatively small number of works comparing the politics of advanced Western and Communist states.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Collegial Leadership in the Swiss Political System
21
Collegial and Monocratic Leadership in the British Executive
45
Coalition Governments and Collegial Leadership
61
Communist Collective Leadership
91
Monocratic Leadership
123
Determinants and Consequences
143
PJotes
165
Selected Bibliography
213
Index
229
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Thomas A. Baylis is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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