In this article, Cristine de Clercy and Peter Ferguson nicely summarize and discuss the research literature on crisis leadership.
Leadership in Precarious Contexts: Studying Political Leaders after the Global Financial Crisis
Cristine de Clercy * and Peter A. Ferguson
Department of Political Science, Western University, London, N6A 5C2, Canada; E-Mails: firstname.lastname@example.org (C.d.C.),
A series of crises and traumatic events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 global financial crisis, seem to have influenced
the environment within which modern political leaders act. We explore the scholarly literature on political leadership
and crisis since 2008 to evaluate what sorts of questions are being engaged, and identify some new lines of inquiry.
We find several scholars are contributing much insight from the perspective of leadership and crisis
management. Several analysts are investigating the politics of crisis from a decentralist perspective, focusing on local
leadership in response to challenging events. As well, studying how citizens interpret, respond to, or resist leaders’ signals
is a developing area of inquiry. While our study reveals some debate about the nature of crisis, and whether the
context has changed significantly, most of the scholarship reviewed here holds modern politicians face large challenges
in exercising leadership within precarious contexts.
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