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Jerry Brown and the Triumph of Leadership: Leadership Capital and the Financial Rescue of California
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0407-3939
2017 (English)In: The Leadership Capital Index: A New Perspective on Political Leadership / [ed] Mark Bennister, Ben Worthy, and Paul 't Hart, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, p. 101-120Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2010, Jerry Brown completed a remarkable political comeback by winning an overwhelming electoral victory to return to the office of Governor of California, a position he first won in 1974 and again in 1978. Upon embarking on his third term as governor, Brown inherited a broken and broke state, as the outgoing governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, left office with a budget deficit of nearly $27 billion. By 2014 Brown had overcome California’s pathologically hard to govern political system and had turned the state’s financial situation around by cutting spending and winning the backing from California voters for tax increases and a more robust rainy day fund. The result was a large budget surplus and the restoration of the Golden State’s economic and political health. This chapter utilizes the Leadership Capital Index to make sense of how Jerry Brown has made use of his powers of public persuasion and the powers of his office to achieve mastery of the state’s unwieldy political system and control of its public finances while securing a mandate for an unprecedented fourth gubernatorial term.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. p. 101-120
Keywords [en]
Jerry Brown, Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr., leadership, California Governor, California political system, California financial crisis, political comebacks, ‘bounce-back’ leader, leadership capital, political leadership
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328122ISBN: 9780198783848 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-328122DiVA, id: diva2:1134052
Available from: 2017-08-17 Created: 2017-08-17 Last updated: 2017-08-22Bibliographically approved

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