Carol Strong is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello; she is also concurrently an Honorary Fellow at the Contemporary Europe Research Centre at the University of Melbourne (Australia). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Melbourne.
2010 0-7734-4711-3 This book modifies Weber’s conception of legitimate authority to examine the connections between charismatic authority and radical societal change. It argues that the form and duration of the emerging charismatic authority depends on both longer-term variables (the existing political system and culture) and more transient ones (a suitable leader; media influence; the international perspective; and specific events sparking radical change). The hypothesis is tested using three case studies: Yeltsin in Russia, Havel in Czechia and Kohl in Germany, primarily between 1989 and 1991.