Monday 23 Jul 2018 | 21:34 | SYDNEY

Do leaders matter? Are the trajectories of nations directed by unstoppable social and economic forces regardless of who’s in charge, or are the histories of states those of a handful of highly influential leaders?
At the Wednesday Lowy Lunch on 20 October, Fergus Hanson and Alex Oliver reported on an intensive empirical pilot study tracing the pathways taken by leaders in Timor-Leste and Samoa.

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