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The Role of the Transitional Leader: A Comparative Analysis of Adolfo Suárez and Boris Yeltsin

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DatePublished - 1 Nov 2007
Issue number4
Number of pages432
Pages (from-to)419
Original languageEnglish


The role of leadership in transitional regimes is an issue that requires closer examination, given the ability of the leader to shape and determine the direction of the regime. This paper seeks to delineate some common features of leadership during such regimes and the factors influencing the ability of leaders to manipulate and shift the direction of the process. To illustrate, it adopts a comparative analysis of the leadership of Adolfo Suárez (Spain) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia). It will be shown that, despite the different outcomes of these cases, there are clear similarities that point to the existence of a form of transitional leadership. Central to the paper is an adoption of the notion of structure and agency to determine the extent actors in this position can affect change within the constraints faced.

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  • Agency, Structuration, Suárez, Transition, Transitional Leadership, Yeltsin

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