Abstract: Democratic Peace With Chinese Characteristics

For this project, I will be examining the factors contributing to Democratic Peace and whether the People’s Republic of China possesses these factors.

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Looking at leadership through the eyes of John W. Gardner: Post 3

Throughout most of his career, Gardner struggles with both the idea of all people being able to reach their potential and the common good. He talks about the importance of individual potential and the common good and the barriers to both. In his early writings, he is ambiguous about how society can both ensure individuals can reach their potential and focus on the common good when oftentimes the common good can inhibit individual potential. In the end, he settles on strong leadership as the best way to achieve both ends.

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Looking at leadership through the eyes of John W. Gardner: Post 2

In my last post, I discussed the books by John Gardner that I had read thus far (Individual Differences in Level of Aspiration, On Leadership, and Excellence: can we be equal and excellent too?). In this post, I will briefly discuss Gardner’s remaining works and provide some of the data that I have collected that supports my hypothesis.

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Looking at leadership through the eyes of John W. Gardner: Post 1

I started this project with the intention of understanding the decline of citizen participation in democracy and the increase in the focus on and importance of strong leadership throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by conducting a literature review of leadership literature during that time period. This was a rather daunting, slightly unrealistic task, so, after receiving guidance from my research advisor, I am tweaking my project slightly. Instead of conducting a scattered literature review of all literature on leadership from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, I am reviewing the literature of John W. Gardner – a psychologist; a teacher; a former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; a civic leader; a champion of social issues. Studying the writings of John Gardner works well for this project because his life spans the time period I want to examine (1912-2002), he wrote about leadership, and he reflects well the public opinion of the time because he helped to create public opinion. So far, I have researched the life of John Gardner and read three of his writings (Individual Differences in Level of Aspiration; On Leadership; Excellence, can we be equal and excellent too?); I will expound upon each below.

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