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High Hopes and Disappointment

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Material Information

Title: High Hopes and Disappointment Political Leadership and the Failure of Democracy in Haiti under Aristide
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Paul, David
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Political Leadership
Leadership
Haiti
Aristide, Jean-Bertrand
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This research deals with political leadership in Haiti. Jean-Bertrand Aristide's political leadership career is examined within the context of leadership theories concerning leader-follower bonds, power, and charisma. Central to this thesis is the debate between the relative effects of historical, political, and institutional constraints on leaders and the effects of leader's own choices in shaping the leader's performance. The political leadership of Jean-Bertrand Aristide is discussed within the context of Haiti's traditions of a violent, self-serving state that has never existed in the interests of Haitian civil society. In focusing on the debate between historical and environmental constraints versus personal leadership accountability, I examine Aristide's rise to power through charismatic leadership, his experiences as both a constituted and nonconstituted leader, and the strategies he chose to employ at various stages. This analysis indicates that Aristide never demonstrated any democratic tendencies, and it was only through his ambiguous and appealing rhetoric that he maintained a followership base as long as he did. Aristide's political career offers the conclusion that Aristide did, in fact, fall into the long line of Haiti's authoritarian leaders; however, this did not occur solely because of historical or environmental constraints. Aristide made deliberate decisions during his leadership tenure that determined his eventual loss of a followership base. This thesis indicates the limits of charismatic leadership, the limits of an ideology based in a politics of opposition, and the extremely constrained and difficult nature of Haitian political leadership.
Statement of Responsibility: by David Paul
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 P3
System ID: NCFE003556:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003556/00001

Material Information

Title: High Hopes and Disappointment Political Leadership and the Failure of Democracy in Haiti under Aristide
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Paul, David
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Political Leadership
Leadership
Haiti
Aristide, Jean-Bertrand
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This research deals with political leadership in Haiti. Jean-Bertrand Aristide's political leadership career is examined within the context of leadership theories concerning leader-follower bonds, power, and charisma. Central to this thesis is the debate between the relative effects of historical, political, and institutional constraints on leaders and the effects of leader's own choices in shaping the leader's performance. The political leadership of Jean-Bertrand Aristide is discussed within the context of Haiti's traditions of a violent, self-serving state that has never existed in the interests of Haitian civil society. In focusing on the debate between historical and environmental constraints versus personal leadership accountability, I examine Aristide's rise to power through charismatic leadership, his experiences as both a constituted and nonconstituted leader, and the strategies he chose to employ at various stages. This analysis indicates that Aristide never demonstrated any democratic tendencies, and it was only through his ambiguous and appealing rhetoric that he maintained a followership base as long as he did. Aristide's political career offers the conclusion that Aristide did, in fact, fall into the long line of Haiti's authoritarian leaders; however, this did not occur solely because of historical or environmental constraints. Aristide made deliberate decisions during his leadership tenure that determined his eventual loss of a followership base. This thesis indicates the limits of charismatic leadership, the limits of an ideology based in a politics of opposition, and the extremely constrained and difficult nature of Haitian political leadership.
Statement of Responsibility: by David Paul
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hicks, Barbara

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 P3
System ID: NCFE003556:00001

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