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Governing By Committee
Collegial Leadership in Advanced Societies
Governing By Committee
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Thomas A. Baylis - Author
SUNY series in Leadership Studies
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Hardcover - 236 pages
Release Date: May 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-944-4
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-944-4

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Paperback - 236 pages
Release Date: May 1989
ISBN10: 0-88706-945-2
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-945-1

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Summary

Governing by Committee is the first book-length study to examine decision-making among political executives. It examines sixteen advanced Western and Communist states and shows that collegial and semi-collegial patterns are far more common than is generally assumed.

Contrary to the assertions of Max Weber, Baylis contends that modern bureaucracy, with its growing role in policy-making and its intimate association with neocorporatist forms of interest group representation, offers a particularly congenial setting for collegial leadership.

A timely study, Governing by Committee opens a new dimension in the comparative study of political executives. But it also complements and contributes to the existing literature on political leadership, decision-making, consociationalism, and neocorporatism. It belongs as well to the still relatively small number of works comparing the politics of advanced Western and Communist states.

"The most original and carefully documented aspect of this work is its demonstration of the dynamic interaction between monocratic and collegial leadership. Bayliss forces us to face up to the realities behind the often all to glittering facade of monocratic/great man leadership." -- Alfred Diamant, Indiana University

Thomas A. Baylis is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


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