Can you Measure the Leadership of a Prime Minister? The Leadership Capital Index of Mariano Rajoy (2011-2015)

GT 3.4 Líderes en contexto: los estilos de liderazgo político desde la transición democrática española hasta la actualidad

José Antonio Olmeda Gómez (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
Sesión 1
Día: lunes,13 de julio de 2015
Hora: 15:00 a 17:30
Lugar: Aula 7

Mariano Rajoy, has been losing popularity throughout all his first term as Prime Minister. Nine months after being elected Prime Minister, The Economist described him as "a mysterious and enigmatic man". Many people talk of his obsession with conflict avoidance and his famous tendency to procrastination or inaction as a strategic stance, to let problems solve by themselves. Although these attributes hardly seem compatible with the attributes of sound leadership defined by experts, he has managed to survive a long political career. In all this time, he is supposed to have pushed aside many political rivals. He is said to want position and power, not programs nor legacies or medium or long-term goals. In this sense he is more like a technocrat, who believes there is not much to decide because things work in an obvious way. Rajoy embodies the "soft power" in Joseph Nye’s classification. According to observers, he has legitimized his considerable amount of power based on different qualities. Rajoy has relied in cooptation of internal support in his party, on the prestige of a high state official status, in dialogue as a method to solve the problems and on patience (Méndez 2012, Álvarez 2014). The goal of this paper is to approach the issue of his leadership using a set of measurable and comparable dimensions, to provide a systematic exploration of the features of Rajoy’s government leadership, and to get a more balanced account than the existing so far in the media discourse. To do so, we analyze the political capital trajectory and management of economic crisis in one leadership snapshot, following Bennister, ‘t Hart, and Worthy's approach and using their LCI dimensions (2015)

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