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Elite and leadership change in liberal democracies (2007)

Elitenwandel und Führungswechsel in liberalen Demokratien
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Higley, John; Pakulski, Jan

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Abstract "This article presents and assesses the thesis that a shift in the character of governing elites and leaders has been occurring in several important liberal democracies during recent years. Ascendant elites are more leonine and top leaders are more pugnacious. We attribute the shift to strong centripetal pressures that now impinge on elites and leaders, and we ask about the shift's consequences for the Operation of liberal democracies." (author's abstract)
Keywords elite; elite research; democracy; liberalism; political change; theory formation; Pareto, V.; Weber, M.; Europe; Western world; political leadership; theory; post-war society; Italy; Federal Republic of Germany; Great Britain; United States of America; Federal Chancellor; president; political elite
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political System, Constitution, Government; General History
Method basic research; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 333-350
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