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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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As Sándor Márai wrote “big passion – in love or in art – is always joyful. Pseudo desire is gloomy, pompous and exhaustd”1. These words best reflect the state of mind and a kind of positive, intellectual excitement that accompanied the author in writing this book. This book would not have been written but for kindness, support and comments from the two such joyful scholars – Professor Miroslaw Karwat from the University of Warsaw and professor Barbara Krauz-Mozer from the Jagiellonian University, whose daily work and intellectual attitude constantly show – not only to the author of this book – what the passion for learning means.2

1 S. Márai, Dziennik (fragmenty), Spółdzielnia Wydawnicza „Czytelnik“, Warszawa 2008, p. 31.

2 The current publication has been based on: Filip Pierzchalski, Morfogeneza przywództwa politycznego. Pomiędzy strukturą a podmiotowością sprawczą, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Kazimierza Wielkiego, Bydgoszcz 2013.

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