Title

Leadership Traits and Ghana’s Foreign Policy: The Case of Jerry Rawlings’ Foreign Economic Policy of the 1980s

Publication Title

The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs

Publication Date

5-5-2016

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/00358533.2016.1180045

Keywords

ghana, jerry rawlings, leadership traits, personality, individual-level analysis, foreign policy

Disciplines

African Studies | Economic Policy | International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political Science

Abstract

This article examines Ghana’s foreign policy-making with reference to internal and external determinants (structural/systemic). Besides these determinants, political actors (primarily, presidents/heads of state) have shaped the country’s foreign policy outcomes, but this field of enquiry (i.e. individual-level analysis) has not, received much attention in the literature. To enhance the understanding of leadership and personality traits in foreign policy-making, this study draws on the theory of Leadership Trait Analysis to examine Jerry John Rawlings and Ghana’s foreign economic policy in the early 1980s. It argues that the leadership traits of Rawlings to some extent shaped Ghana’s foreign economic policy decisions in the early 1980s.

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