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Vertical and horizontal accountability of global elites : some theoretical reflections and a preliminary research agenda

Vertikale und horizontale Verantwortlichkeit globaler Eliten : theoretische Überlegungen und eine provisorische Forschungsagenda
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Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula

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Abstract "Globalization has given rise to an ever-increasing number of global elites holding leadership positions in transnational institutions, corporations and NGOs. This raises questions regarding the structure and accountability of these elites. Are they just an abstract category of position-holders representing national or organizational interests in transnational decision-making or do they rather form a cohesive ruling group united by common interests, as some theoreticians of globalization have assumed? Elite theory has identified a number of relevant characteristics that can be used for assessing the nature of this nascent elite formation. These include primarily the prevailing patterns of elite recruitment with respect to the representation of societal diversity, the mechanisms of elite accountability and the existence of informal rules of conduct that enable the accommodation of conflicts of interest." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; elite; elite research; theory; theory formation; globalization; representation; recruitment; institutional factors; organizations; career; political elite; legitimation; elite formation; responsibility; political institution; social actor; OSCE; IMF; OECD; UNO
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; European Politics; General History
Method basic research; theory formation
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 193-208
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 1
Issue topic Elite foundations of social theory and politics / Elitetheoretische Grundlagen sozialwissenschaftlicher Theoriebildung und politischer Analyse
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works