22 agosto 2012

Lincoln's legacy

Is Lincoln a good model for presidential leadership?

There is a lot to like about Lincoln. Perhaps too much. Lincoln’s leadership stands out on so many dimensions that it is hard for anyone with an interest in the American presidency, or in America politics in general, to resist his example. By the same token, the abiding promise of a leader like Lincoln -- the national faith he inspires in the saving grace of a great leader -- gives me pause. I believe that faith has made it easier for us to indulge the extraordinary claims of contemporary presidents and to accept an enormous concentration of power in the office of the presidency itself. So I would like to pose the question directly: Is Lincoln a good model for presidential leadership?
“Is Lincoln a Good Model for Presidential Leadership?” (pdf), by Stephen M. Skowronek, Yale University



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