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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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Terminology of political science may seem confusing at places since it employs terms and notions from various disciplines. For example, for the purpose of this book the term “subject” is replaced with the term “agent” because it refers to an individual who is in charge of the leading process within an organisation and not to the syntactical term defining parts of sentence in grammar. In turn, subjectivity refers to agenthood and personal activity of an individual whereas objectivity stands for truth and neutrality. Respectively, “subjective” is an attribute of subjectivity and agenthood. Terminological choices were intentionally made in such a way in order to avoid terminological tension and potential confusion resulting from overlapping terminologies in various disciplines.

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