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This article focuses on the leadership roles of Millennials in politics and the public sphere. This group is a potentially influential political force, yet its members do not pursue traditional forms of civic engagement – they are reluctant voters and are widely considered to be neither ideologically aligned nor politically knowledgeable. The empowerment of the new generation provides a platform for analysing several dimensions of leadership, especially with a focus on the nature of the challenges embedded in political leadership in liberal democracies and the intergenerational leadership transfer in politics.

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Analyses political behaviors of the potentially most influential social group in the Western world, revealing the mechanisms of the important social and political phenomena connected to: - democracy crisis - changing nature of political leadership - decreasing role of the Western countries in the global system


I find the political orientations of the Millennial generation to be a sort of a 'waking call' for the established forms of the political leadership and public good provision. Members of the most educated generation ever, tech savvy, hiper connected seem not to be interested in the public offices, transforming social realities or actively influencing social realities. What does it mean for the Western leadership in the times of growing global competition? What does it mean for the public good provision and systemic stability? These questions are definitely worth asking.

Małgorzata Zachara

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This page is a summary of: The Millennial generation in the context of political power: A leadership gap?, Leadership, November 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1742715019885704.
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