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From affective polarization to fruitful politics: a new public leadership inspired by the UN's 2030 Agenda

Gonzalo Romero-Martín (Department of Economics and Economic History, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain)
María Ángeles Caraballo-Pou (Department of Economics and Economic History, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain)
Carmen Merchán-Hernández (Department of Sociology, University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 2 March 2023

Issue publication date: 9 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Who leads and the purpose of public leadership matter. The aim of this viewpoint essay is to examine the fundamentals of public policy design and implementation as well as contemporary public leadership from a new approach inspired by the 2030 Agenda. This work provides a more humanistic and fruitful approach to public leadership, which is crucial in the current context of social division, turbulent politics and weak and infertile leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

This viewpoint essay is based on academic literature as well as on institutional reports to explore the 2030 Agenda's potential when it comes to outlining a new style of public leadership.

Findings

The 2030 potential has always been analyzed from the different synergies that can be established from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nevertheless, this essay proposes to separate from the mainstream discourse by outlining six core properties of the 2030 Agenda as key elements that implicate a new roadmap in the design and evaluation of public policies and contribute in a disruptive way to conceive public leadership.

Originality/value

This essay offers an innovative leadership framework that integrates key elements from the 2030 Agenda perspective with theoretical and practical notions of policy-making and public leadership to overcome the main challenges of the present and future days.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the three anonymous referees for their excellent comments which greatly improved the paper. The usual disclaimer applies. The authors also acknowledge the financial support from the Junta de Andalucía (Project P20- 00628, PAIDI 2020).

Citation

Romero-Martín, G., Caraballo-Pou, M.Á. and Merchán-Hernández, C. (2023), "From affective polarization to fruitful politics: a new public leadership inspired by the UN's 2030 Agenda", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 81-93. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-10-2022-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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