Bookcover of Ahmadinejad's Quest for Leadership
Booktitle:

Ahmadinejad's Quest for Leadership

Representations of Regional Order in the Gulf Region

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-06-28 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-17391-8

ISBN-10:
3639173910
EAN:
9783639173918
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Is Iran a 'regional leading power'? How can leadership be conceptualised? How can its impact be measured? While leadership has often been equated with the possession of power capabilities, this study emphasises the social and ideational dimensions of leadership, taking recourse to symbolic interactionism, constructivism and reflexive-interpretative methodology. Discourses can be regarded as dynamic arenas in which claims to leadership are articulated, legitimised but also contested. Therefore, they are a commensurate means to grasp potential leadership-relations as well as to identify continuity or change in such relations. A starting point to assess the scope of leadership is to compare the representations of regional order of the potential leader and followers. If they are shared between the two parties and mostly shaped by the potential leader, leadership may be effective at least on a normative level. In the light of the nuclear conflict, which makes this study highly topical, following question is raised: to what extent are Ahmadinejad's visions of regional order shared by his political counterparts in the Gulf region?
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Lucie Chamlian
Number of pages:
64
Published on:
2009-06-28
Stock:
Available
Category:
Political science
Price:
49.00 €
Keywords:
International Relations, Iran, Gulf Cooperation Council, nuclear conflict, regional leadership, discourse analysis, regional leadership, regional leadership

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