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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)

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.003.0004

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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