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Elites, crises, and regimes in comparative analysis (1998)

Eliten, Krisen und Regime in vergleichender Perspektive
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Dogan, Mattei; Higley, John

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Abstract "Most political regimes, whether authoritarian or democratic, are born in abrupt, brutal, and momentous crises. In this volume [Mattei Dogan, and John Higley: Elites, Crises and the Origins of Regimes], a group of prominent scholars explores how these seminal events affect elites and shape regimes. Combining theoretical and case study chapters, the authors draw from a wide range of historical and contemporary examples to challenge mainstream developmental explanations of political change, which emphasize incremental changes and evaluations stretching over generations. Instead, the authors argue here, political leaders and elites possess significant autonomy and latitude for maneuver, especially in times of crisis. And their choices are frequently decisive in the making of regimes and the forging of national political histories. Providing a sustained comparative analysis of elites, their circulation, and behavior across times and countries, this lucid volume will be invaluable for scholars and students alike." (author's abstract)
Keywords elite; elite research; crisis; regime; political regime; political elite; comparative research; political change; twentieth century; Germany; Austria-Hungary; Russia; Ottoman Empire; First World War; Africa; Europe; economic crisis; typology; behavior; change of government; USSR successor state; post-socialist country
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political System, Constitution, Government; General History
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; basic research; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 269-291
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