Leadership is a staple of the other social sciences but it has been relatively neglected in the political mainstream even though there are many distinguished studies (dating back to the time of Machiavelli) of political leadership.

The aim of the group is to bring together academics and interested observers (and participants) with a view to developing the theoretical and empirical understanding of political leadership.

James McGregor Burns once remarked that leadership is ‘one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth’; with this in mind it is the intention of our specialist group to set up conferences and workshops, in the first instance, and to assist or promote research in the near future.

Follow us on Twitter and visit the Political Leadership Group's blog for more information about our events, publications and opporturnities to get involved!


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Mark Bennister

Role: Convenor
Institution: University of Lincoln 

Ben Worthy

Role: Convenor
Institution: Birkbeck College


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