Political Leadership and the Problem of the Charismatic Power

  title={Political Leadership and the Problem of the Charismatic Power},
  author={Carl Joachim Friedrich},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={3 - 24}
  • C. Friedrich
  • Published 1961
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
THE TERM charisma and its derivatives, introduced into sociology many years ago by a German sociologist, has lately been spreading into political science here and abroad. The intellectuals' desire to sound profound by the use of unfamiliar words may have a share in this fad, but it would seem that the term also responds to a very real need. One recent writer goes so far as to define charisma as "the right to rule by virtue of what they (the leaders) have been and are." Needless to say, such… Expand
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