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Assessing the Performance of UK Opposition Leaders: Jeremy Corbyn's 'Straight Talking, Honest Politics'

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Diamond, Patrick

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Abstract This article contributes to a burgeoning literature on political leadership, offering an interim assessment of Jeremy Corbyn's tenure as leader of the UK Labour party. At the time of writing, the candidate of the party's Left had been leader for a mere seven months. Media commentators and pundits have been critical of Corbyn's platform and performance, gleefully predicting his imminent demise. On the other hand, the 'Corbynistas' who swelled Labour's ranks in the aftermath of the 2015 defeat have remained steadfast and committed supporters. Their hope is not only that Labour will win the next election, but that Corbyn can recast the landscape of British politics by challenging the economic and political establishment which has assented to the growth of inequality and austerity. (author's abstract)
Keywords political leadership; political elite; political power; politician; career politician; social democratic party; party; opposition; Great Britain; political system; party system; organizational structure; organizational analysis
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Organizational Sociology
Free Keywords New Labour; Labour Party; Jeremy Corbyn
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 15-24
Journal Politics and Governance, 4 (2016) 2
Issue topic New Approaches to Political Leadership
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution