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Seeking and Keeping the Hot Seat: A Comparative Analysis of Party Leader Successions

Laing, Matthew; 't Hart, Paul


Seen from the outside, the leadership position in a political party or government is coveted by many. Yet party leadership and, possibly in its wake, a prime-ministership or a presidency are 'hot seats' in more than one sense. They are not just hot in terms of the potential for power and authority they bring to those that occupy them; they are also hot in terms of attracting competition and controversy. Leadership of a party is more often than not a precarious possession: not only do political...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: How Power Changes Hands: Transition and Succession in Government


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