Politisk ledelse på Christiansborg

Johan Chemnitz Henten & Rasmus Øyrabø Jacobsen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The thesis at hand with the title ”Politisk ledelse på Christiansborg” is the culmination of our studies in Political Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School and is especially motivated by the fact that not before our thesis a comprehensive analysis have been made on the conceptualization of, and exceptional conditions for, leadership in the political parties at the Danish Parliament. It has been a very interesting study to conduct for the reason alone that leadership in this area has such a great impact on the society we live in. Our analytical strategy is a contemporary diagnostic analysis with a historic stamp and the thesis is divided in two main analyses. But before the two main analyses we present an opening analysis on the exceptional conditions for leadership in politics. This shorter opening analysis is empirically based solely on interviews with former and current political leaders at the Danish Parliament, and results in three main findings. First: political leadership at Christiansborg has a certain logic inherent which is saturated with strategy. Second: An exclusive condition in political leadership at Christiansborg is that you constantly have to conduct oneself strategically to the media and third: that the politicians at Christiansborg today see themselves as increasingly professionalized. This opening analysis will lead up to the two main analyses which is a combination of a historic semantic exploration, inspired by Reinhart Kosellecks Begriffsgeschichte, of how the concept of political leadership has been conceptualized from the early 20th century until today and a contemporary dispositif analysis, inspired by Michel Foucault and his concept of dispositifs, of how political leadership is conceptualized in the political parties at Christiansborg today illustrated through three cases. In the historic analysis we explore how political leadership as concept in the first half of the 20th century is semantically condensed with professional management as its counter concept and how this concept/counter concept distinction becomes more and more indistinct or blurred and thus how semantics and technologies with its source in professional management in increasingly degree takes part in the conceptualizing of political leadership. This leads up to the dispositif analysis on how political leadership today is conceptualized at the political parties at Christiansborg. We show how all three empirical cases are expressions of an increased professionalization, but also that political leadership at Christiansborg is conceptualized in divergent and unique ways especially determent by the specific history and culture of each political party.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2009
Number of pages125