Drake, Helen. (1995) "The Commission Presidency of Jacques Delors: A Study in Political Leadership". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)
This paper illustrates how Jacques Delors' presidency of the European Commission (1985-1995) can be analysed using terms and concepts taken from the study of political leadership in democratic societies. In particular, it applies Max Weber's categorisation of the legitimation of authority into 'traditional', 'charismatic', and 'legal-rational' ideal-types to two 'moments' in Delors' ten-year leadership: the writing of the White Papers of 1985 (Completing the Internal Market) and of 1993 (on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment). This approach enables us to analyse the changes that occurred over time in Delors' presidency, and to draw more general conclusions about authority, leadership and legitimacy in the EU.
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