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The Charismatic Bond

The Charismatic Bond

Political Behavior in Time of Crisis

Douglas Madsen, Peter G. Snow

ISBN 9780674109889

Publication date: 09/01/1996

Here is a book that takes up where Max Weber left off in his study of charisma and extends the theory with insights from other disciplines and new empirical data. Douglas Madsen and Peter Snow demonstrate that magnetic personalities must have willing followers, finding support for their argument in the rise of Juan Perón and the Peronistas in Argentina.


  • In their study of the evolution, institutionalization, and eventual fragmentation of Peronism in Argentina, Madsen and Snow focus scholarly attention on precisely the issues that most interested Weber himself… This compact and cogent book manages to clarify many points in Weber’s original treatment, and makes a compelling argument about the nature and development of Peronism.

    —Stephen Hanson, Journal of Interdisciplinary History


  • Douglas Madsen is Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa.
  • Peter G. Snow is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa.

Book Details

  • 208 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press