Contradictions between political leadership and systems thinking1. Király, G., Köves, A., & Balázs, B. Journal of Cleaner Production.
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This paper argues that the failure to implement sustainable policies is not merely due to the fact that successful political leaders lack systems intelligence or foresight but that their ambitions – one of which is their motivation to politically survive – strongly influence their judgements. On the one hand, it is undeniably crucial to understand how leaders acquire and process information and how their systems thinking perspectives guide their cognitive procedures when turning pieces of information into policy interventions. On the other hand, it is also important to highlight that leaders are embedded both in institutional and political contexts that also deeply affect their political decisions and practices. Based on selectorate theory this paper suggests that in addition to these effects, under the current rules of politics, political leaders’ main motivation is to increase the chances of their own political survival drawing upon their systemic understanding. By analysing how this motivation affects environmental policy-making, this paper would like to contribute to research that searches for new avenues in thinking about more sustainable political leadership.
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	title = {Contradictions between political leadership and systems thinking1},
	issn = {0959-6526},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652615007106},
	doi = {10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.05.131},
	abstract = {This paper argues that the failure to implement sustainable policies is not merely due to the fact that successful political leaders lack systems intelligence or foresight but that their ambitions – one of which is their motivation to politically survive – strongly influence their judgements. On the one hand, it is undeniably crucial to understand how leaders acquire and process information and how their systems thinking perspectives guide their cognitive procedures when turning pieces of information into policy interventions. On the other hand, it is also important to highlight that leaders are embedded both in institutional and political contexts that also deeply affect their political decisions and practices. Based on selectorate theory this paper suggests that in addition to these effects, under the current rules of politics, political leaders’ main motivation is to increase the chances of their own political survival drawing upon their systemic understanding. By analysing how this motivation affects environmental policy-making, this paper would like to contribute to research that searches for new avenues in thinking about more sustainable political leadership.},
	urldate = {2015-06-16},
	journal = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
	author = {Király, Gábor and Köves, Alexandra and Balázs, Bálint},
	keywords = {environmental policy-making, environmental quality, political leadership, political survival, Systems Thinking},
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