P02 - Public Leadership and Societal Challenges: The Role of Political, Managerial and Community Leadership

Corresponding chair:

Alessandro Sancino alessandro.sancino@open.ac.uk 

Panel Chairs: John Bryson, Rich Callahan,  Barbara Crosby, Jean Hartley,  Ben Kuipers, Brad Jackson, Karin Lasthuizen, Rudolf Metz, Sonia Ospina, Alessandro Sancino, Siv Vangen

Societies face increasingly complex and wicked challenges occurring simultaneously, across a diverse range of issues such as: global health threats to our lifestyle, freedom and the economy; technological advances which impact on  privacy; threats to democracy; climate emergency; income and racial inequalities; migration, and more.

To address such societal challenges, on one side citizens look to public leaders to exercise leadership on behalf of them; on the other side, citizens step up to take a public leadership role, for example, Greta Thunberg for climate change. Examining the impact of leadership for society and communities expands the understanding of whether and how public leadership can make a difference.

This panel proposal calls for papers to investigate the role, processes and impact of public leadership in responding to contemporary complex and wicked societal challenges at any level, from the micro to the macro. Public leadership is intended broadly, as leadership in the public sphere (Hartley 2018) dealing with collective problems and/or collective opportunities across sectors. We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions, with a range of well-articulated methodologies.

Abstracts should be of max. 500 words including references. More detailed authors’ guidelines will be available on IRSPM.org and the ExOrdo system for reference. The panel is organised in cooperation with the PUPOL (Public and Political Leadership) network https://www.pupolnetwork.com and will feature traditional paper presentation sessions, and open sessions to discuss public leadership in a post-Covid-19 world and needed future directions of public leadership research. This will enable the panel to bring together a range of diverse views and traditions on public leadership.

Some of the topics that are particularly welcome are the following, but we are open to any relevant work which studies political, managerial and community leadership for the public sphere: