Modern Palestinian Leadership: Theory and Practice
Aupperlee, Aaron N.
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Using Weber's theories of rational, legal authority and charismatic authority, this project evaluates the leadership of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin). The project begins by discussing the origins of political power and then looks at power both in institutional and individual conceptions. This discussion of power evolves into a discussion of distinct types of leadership, institutional and charismatic. Yasser Arafat is used as a case study to illustrate charismatic leadership. To discuss institutional leadership, this project looks at the failure of Abu Mazin to transform the Gaza Strip into a functioning institution. Research for this project was made possible by a Ham Fund grant.