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Nation of DevilsDemocratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001

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How to Give Orders

How to Give Orders

(p.76) 5 How to Give Orders
Nation of Devils

Stein Ringen

Yale University Press

Governments are actually limited by a number of forces. They can give orders, they don't implement them. What a government can order done is also limited. It can only hope that what it orders can encourage change in society or culture. It cannot order things to happen in society. This chapter looks at how governments give orders and what they hope will happen if their orders are carried out. We see the politics of signals wherever governments operate. And what we then see is everything from ruthless manipulation to honourable efforts to educate the public. It is essential for a government to talk about itself and its policies and to talk to its people about what it wants to do and expects of them. This is at the core of any government's necessary endeavor to define its purpose, to provide leadership, policies accepted, to influence the political culture, to control the agenda, to communicate, to make itself understood, and to get people within and outside of government to cooperate.

Keywords:   orders, signals, leadership, policies, political culture

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