Leadership and the Humanities
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Leadership and the Humanities is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to advancing understanding of, research on, and applications concerning leadership. The journal offers rigorous but readable scholarship on leadership from the broad field of the humanities, an increasingly popular focus for leadership studies. The journal publishes explorations of leadership from many disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, ethics, religion, history, psychology, arts, literature, drama, film, ancient and modern languages, classics, communication and media studies, anthropology, political science, and sociology. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. The journal welcomes studies of leaders and leadership in many different settings, in fiction and art, and across different times, places, and cultures. This may include studies of formal as well as informal leaders, and it may focus on followers, organizations, and the context of leadership, or on symbolic representations and depictions of leadership. Research that stresses the diversity of leadership across gender, race, class, religion, and age is encouraged.

The journal publishes original papers including but not limited to the following fields:

  • Philosophical approaches to Leadership Studies
  • History and Leadership
  • Biography and Leadership
  • Analytic psychology, psychoanalysis and Leadership
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Cultural Studies and Leadership
  • Arts and Leadership
  • Literature and Leadership
  • Language (modern and ancient), Linguistics and Semiotics approaches to Leadership
  • Communication Studies and Leadership
  • Religion and Leadership
  • Anthropological approaches to Leadership
  • Law and Leadership
  • Political theory and Leadership
  • Humanity education for leadership development

Editor in Chief

  • Michael Harvey, Professor of Business Management, Department of Business Management, Washington College, US

Associate Editors

  • Antonio Marturano, Founding Editor, Leadership and the Humanities and Adjunct Professor Philosophical Anthropology, Department of Science and Technology of Education, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
  • Terry L. Price, Professor of Leadership Studies, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond, US

Editorial Board

  • Professor Cornelius J. Bekker, Regent University, US
  • Professor Rafael Capurro, Stuttgart Media University, Germany
  • Dr Brigid Carroll, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Professor Peter Case, James Cook University, Australia
  • Professor Joanne Ciulla, Richmond University, US
  • Professor Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter, UK
  • Professor Anthony Grayling, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Keith Grint, Warwick University, UK
  • Professor Nathan Harter, Christopher Newport University, US
  • Professor Brad Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Professor Maosen Li, Renmin University, China
  • Dr Barbara Mossberg, California State University, Monterey Bay, US
  • Dr Valerie Petit, EDHEC, France
  • Professor Danica Purg, Bled School of Management, Slovenia
  • Professor Ronald Riggio, Claremont McKenna College, US
  • Professor Sergio Salvatore, Salento University, Italy
  • Dr Sverre Spoelstra, Lund University, Sweden
  • Dr Marco Tavanti, DePaul University, US
  • Professor Nicholas O. Warner, Claremont McKenna College, US
  • Dr Thad Williamson, University of Richmond, US
  • Professor Martin Wood, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • J. Thomas Wren, Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, US

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Call for Papers: Volume 7, Issue 2 on Populism and Leadership

Guest Editors:

Antonio Marturano, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Fabio Tarzia, University of Rome La Sapienza

Rationale for contributors

Populism is the most controversial topic in leadership studies, as it intersects different disciplines, from sociology to political philosophy. Since Donald Trump’s election as US president, and with similar elections results across Europe, populism has, however, ceased to be a mere subject of academic speculation, to become a widely perceived and heatedly debated issue in the society at large.

According to Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser (2014), there is no consensus on the very nature of populism. Some scholars, indeed, argue that all the different instances of populism are characterised by the existence of a charismatic and strong leader, who is able to mobilize the masses and control the political organization behind him or her; others define populism as an ideology or world view that assumes that society is characterized by a Manichean division between ‘the pure people’ and ‘the corrupt elite’ (Michael Kazin, 1995:1).

Finally, a third group of scholars (especially media and social scientists) refer to populism as a peculiar political style, which helps politicians and parties to stay in tune with their constituencies by appealing to emotional clues, employing spin doctors, and advocating simplistic solutions to very complex problems as are the cases of Blairism, in UK (Peter Mair, 2002) Berlusconism, in Italy (Dwayne Woods, 2014) and, today, of Trump in the US (John Foot, 2016). Although a majority of scholarly works focuses on Western European or South American leadership, very little literature engages with Asian leadership.

Theoretical links between leadership and populism are not straightforward: is not, apparently, possible to equate populism with charismatic, authoritarian or paternalistic leadership styles, but as Kurt Weyland (2001:14) has argued, it seems to be a broadly defined political strategy to obtain a larger consensus, based on direct, unmediated, un-institutionalised support from a large mass of unorganised followers.

Manuel Anselmi (2017) argues that populist leadership can even survive to its charismatic leader, as in the case of Chavez’s Venezuela, presenting a challenge to one of the most fundamental dogmas in Leadership Studies, which states a direct relation between leader and his/her followers. Democratic populism is also possible: as Daniele Albertazzi and Duncan McDonnell (2008) argued, populism and democracy are inextricably linked. As Yves Meny and Yves Surel (2002: 19) note, populist parties ‘can also contaminate the other parties by influencing the style of leadership, the type of political discourse and the relationship between leader and followers. This remains, in our view, an under-explored area of study.

The submissions to the special issue will contribute to setting the agenda for this serious and timely discussion in Leadership Studies. Topics to be explored from theoretical as well as practical perspectives include, but are not restricted to, the following:

- Populism and contemporary organizational processes;
- Direct Democracy and Populism;
- Differences and similarities between populism and paternalistic leadership
- Is there an Oriental leadership? What are its characteristics?
- Populism and consumption
- Populism and the birth of “movements” (Occupy Wall Street, M5S, Indignados)
- Difference and similarities between European and US leadership
- Development of populistic leadership in South America
- Trump’s “populism”
- The roots of modern populism in the US
- Charisma and Populist leadership
- Characteristics of Populist leadership in EU countries
- The role of morality in populist leadership
- The followers-leadership relation in populist leadership
- Faith and populist leadership
- Populist leadership with no leader


Albertazzi and McDonnell (2008): “Introduction: The Sceptre and the Spectre”, in Albertazzi and McDonnell (eds.), Twenty-First Century Populism. The Spectre of Western European Democracy, London: Palgrave-MacMillan, pp. 1-11;
Anselmi (2017): “Post-Populism in Latin America: On Venezuela After Chavez”, Chin. Polit. Sci. Rev., published online 03.07.2017 https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s41111-017-0066-y?author_access_token=p4o97Q6bQCyjU2wWqGNQ8Pe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY7Xi0avAodNG5NrXsyZ1X3lgZLrigEU-g1wnwN3xM1bx8tmEa8Q9XQALdOqz-en7YX61iPwmZu8J6Vgrk0lLvMrJFfRU3kdIXO463Xi7HuUpg%3D%3D, Retrieved 04.07.2017.
Foot (2016): “We’ve seen Donald Trump before – his name was Silvio Berlusconi”, The Guardian, 20/10/2016. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/20/donald-trump-silvio-berlusconi-italy-prime-minister. Retrieved 3/02/2017.
Kazin (1995): The Populist Persuasion: An American History, Ithaca (NY): Cornell U.P.;
Mair (2002): “Populist Democracy vs Party Democracy”, in Meny and Surel (eds.), Democracies and the Populist Challenge, Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp.81-98;
Meny and Surel (eds.) (2002): Democracies and the Populist Challenge, Basingstoke: Palgrave;
Mudde and Kaltwasser (2014): “Political Leadership and Populism”, in Hart and Rhodes (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Political Leadership, Oxford: Oxford U.P., pp. 377-388;
Weyland (2001): “Clarifying a contested concept: Populism in the study of Latin America politics”, Comparative Politics, 34/1: pp. 1-22;
Woods (2014): “The Many Faces of Populism in Italy: The Northern League and Berlusconism”, in Woods and Wejnert (eds.) The Many Faces of Populism: Current Perspectives (Research in Political Sociology, Volume 22) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.27 - 51

Brief for contributors:

In line with the editorial aims of the journal, this call for papers focuses specifically on the relationship between leadership studies – broadly conceived and populism within a humanist approach. The editors welcome academic papers which are interdisciplinary in character. Contributions may combine wider ethical-political and theoretical questions concerning populism. The special issue, as with other issues of the journal, welcomes material in a variety of formats, including high quality peer-reviewed academic papers, reflections, debates and commentaries on policy and practice, book reviews and review articles. Academic papers should be between 4-7,000 words long. Please consult the style rules laid-out on the journal’s website: https://www.elgaronline.com/view/journals/lath/lath-overview.xml. All academic papers will be double-blind peer- reviewed in the normal way. 

Procedure and timelines:

1) CFP dissemination 5th July 2017
2) Completed first drafts of papers are due by the 3rd January 2018 must be submitted via email to leadership.populism@gmail.com
2) Authors informed of reviewers feedback by 15th March 2018
3) Second revised version of the manuscripts must be submitted by 15th May 2018
4) Final decision on manuscripts: 1st July 2018
5) Final (revised) versions must be submitted by the 1st September 2018.
6) Papers published in the first issue of Volume 7, 2019.

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