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Britain’s COVID-19 battle: the role of political leaders in shaping the responses to the pandemic

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dc.contributor.author Thiers, Consuelo
dc.contributor.author Wehner, Leslie
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-26T11:02:27Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-26T11:02:27Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Thiers C, Wehner L. Britain’s COVID-19 battle: the role of political leaders in shaping the responses to the pandemic. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 2023 Aug;25(3):517-34. DOI: 10.1177/13691481231159021
dc.identifier.issn 1369-1481
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56991
dc.description.abstract This article introduces an analytical framework to trace and compare leaders’ different types of behaviours to the health crisis posed by COVID-19, following the analytical benefits of Leadership Trait Analysis. It examines Boris Johnson’s and Nicola Sturgeon’s diverging initial responses to the pandemic’s onset. We employ the Leadership Trait Analysis to shed light on three main differences in their respective leadership styles: risk-proneness versus risk-aversion; flexibility versus rigidity and rule advocacy versus rule ambivalence. Crises are one of the more fruitful situations in which to study leaders as their personal characteristics become central to the decision-making process. Thus, we employ an agent-centred and political psychology approach to analyse leaders’ behaviour and make sense of their divergent management styles. The results show that the differences between these leaders’ approaches to handling this global health crisis can be partly explained by their level of openness to information and their task versus relationship focus.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 2023 Aug;25(3):517-34
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2023. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.title Britain’s COVID-19 battle: the role of political leaders in shaping the responses to the pandemic
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13691481231159021
dc.subject.keyword Boris Johnson
dc.subject.keyword COVID-19 crisis
dc.subject.keyword Leadership styles
dc.subject.keyword Leadership Trait Analysis (LTA)
dc.subject.keyword Nicola Sturgeon
dc.subject.keyword Personality traits
dc.subject.keyword United Kingdom
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