This is the second set of commentaries on public perceptions of national leadership at global summits and of the degree of concerted global leadership shown in global summits. This series reflects on the behaviors and outcomes of the G8 Summit in Italy in July 2009. A previous series examined the G20 London Summit on a similar set of issues.  Since the global economic crisis, among other things, has revealed a lack of confidence in markets and lack of public trust in political leaders, the issues of the effectiveness of national leaders in addressing global challenges in concert and their ability to connect with the public interest in their societies and in the world become crucial.



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