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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Michael Manley

Michael Manley

Crossing the Contours of Charisma (2001)

(p.47) 4. Michael Manley
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the notion of charismatic leadership, coined by Max Weber, which refers to a leader who is respected by his followers beyond the normal limits. According to Weber, charisma is essentially a localized, ethnically based phenomenon, and the emergence of modern bureaucratic society signals its downfall. The dynamic of the hero and the crowd had always been at the center of modern politics; for instance, Michael Manley as a charismatic leader to the people of Jamaica. The chapter demonstrates how Manley's involvement in the political process at critical times greatly affected the future development of Jamaican politics and society; he was highly admired by the people that his longtime rival, Edward Seaga, pales in comparison.

Keywords:   charisma, charismatic leadership, Max Weber, Michael Manley, Jamaican politics, Edward Seaga

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