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Political Leadership in Morphogenetic Perspective


Filip Pierzchalski

This book depicts a new research perspective of political leadership, in which the multi-level and dynamic leadership relation is explained as relations between the leader (human agency) and followers (sociological environment). In this sense, leadership comprises mutual influences between personal and structural domain. In morphogenesis, the subjective matrix of leadership keeps the division into private and public exposure, as well as individual and collective realization, which in fact means that the phenomenon of political leadership directly depends on the reality of the agent and structure. The author offers a new point of view for his primary research goal, which is a precise and systematic explication of the notion of political leadership in the morphogenetic scope.

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Archerian morphogenetic theory, which by definition relates to the analysis of the impact of the distribution (determination) and multi-level fusion formed at the interface between the active agent / agents ↔ active structural environment, can be – and often is – coherent and relatively easy-to-use research tool, which provides:

At the same time the agent-structure dualism can be successfully used for various types of analyzes of practices of leadership, where the leadership process contains in the logic of the functioning of the two realms/domains: the personal, where the perpetration of symptoms is identified with a single entity or a collective leadership; structural environment where socio-structural surrounding is synonymous with broadly defined supporters. The structural domain can be ← 171 | 172 → explained in sensu stricto (specific supporters of the leader, the addressees of the procedures of accreditation) or sensu largo (a holist system of structural and spatial socio-political practices, in which there is a formal and/or informal distribution of both intersubjective forces as also the forces independent of the entities constituting the structural complexity, i.e. external, driving forces – impersonal procedures, rules, network interactions, etc.). No less important is the dialectic of these areas, where the practice of leadership is shown as temporary and complementary relationship at the intersection of a leader (agent of leadership) ↔ supporters (structural environment). This means the research situation in which leadership is explained in the following categories:

In this respect, the morphogenetic perspective becomes an important and essential research tool for detailed analyses of political...

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