PSA Call for Papers


All PSA Political Leadership SG members
A reminder that the general call for papers for the PSA Annual Conference in Strathclyde 10-12 April 2017 is now out see

Please send proposals for full panels, roundtables and papers on any aspect of Political Leadership to or by 10 October to give us time before the PSA deadline to include in our SG submission. We hope to have several panels engaging with the current state of political leadership in the UK and beyond.
Mark Bennister
Ben Worthy
Co-convenors PSA Political Leadership SG

New Paper on Leadership Measurement


Lars G. Tummers

Utrecht University

Eva Knies

Utrecht University


Public Administration, 2016 Forthcoming

This article on public leadership contributes to the literature by (1) focusing on the ‘public’ aspect of leadership and (2) developing quantitative scales for measuring four public leadership roles. These roles all refer to the extent to which public leaders actively support their employees in dealing with public sector issues: (1) accountability leadership, (2) rule-following leadership, (3) political loyalty leadership, and (4) network governance leadership. We tested the factor structure using exploratory and confirmatory analyses, with satisfactory results. Also, as expected, the scales for public leadership relate to transformational leadership and leadership effectiveness. The scales also correlate with organizational commitment, work engagement and turnover intention. These results indicate that our four scales of public leadership work adequately. We conclude with a future research agenda on how the scales can be used in survey and experimental research.


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