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Political leaders' motives to action: An analysis of Jair Bolsonaro's and Emmanuel Macron's motives in the Amazon rainforest fires
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Politiska ledares motiv till handling : En analys av Jair Bolsonaros och Emmanuel Macrons motiv i Amazonasregnskogen (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study seeks to explain political leaders' motives to action, by studying how Jair Bolsonaro and Emmanuel Macron have acted in the matter of the fires in the Amazon rainforest. It is assumed that while political leaders may try to act rationally, they are influenced by psychological factors in terms of educational background and style. The theories of rational choice and political psychology are therefore used and integrated to explain their motives. The method used in the paper is a comparative qualitative content analysis, in which various statements and speeches made by the Presidents are read and analyzed. The results of the thesis show that for Bolsonaro, the Amazon fires is an internal matter and should be handled by the Amazonian countries. He seems to be seeking to achieve national goals, while being influenced by his conservative educational background. Macron indicates that the Amazon is an issue for the international community and that it is of major importance for the whole world. He appears to be seeking international goals, while being influenced by his liberal educational background. The assumption that political leaders' style influence their motives to action is not supported.

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2020. , p. 77
Keywords [en]
Political leadership, rational choice, political psychology, motives, actions, Jair Bolsonaro, Emmanuel Macron, the Amazon rainforest
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91153DiVA, id: diva2:1387851
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Political Science, Master Programme, 120 credits
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Available from: 2020-01-23 Created: 2020-01-22 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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