Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio and George R. Goethals
Chapter 6: Talking the talk: communication as the essential element of leadership
The means by which leaders and followers communicate has been constitutive of Anglo-American democracy since its inception. Examining the adoption of communication technologies within the broader political intellectual history of Anglo-American democracy provides insight into the centrality of media ecology in determining the nature of leadership found throughout history. Using available mass communication technology in an epoch impacts leaders’ ability to gain, engage with, and consolidate power and shapes the relational dynamics between leaders and followers that in turn have shaped the evolution of Anglo-American government.
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