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Transformation of diplomatic elites in post-communist societies

Die Transformation der diplomatischen Elite in postkommunistischen Gesellschaften
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Digol, Diana

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Abstract "This article addresses the transformation of the diplomatic elite in the post-communist period, based on the results of the comprehensive survey. The analysis demonstrated that in the majority of the countries surveyed diplomats were drawn disproportionately from a very exclusive segment of society: the urban intelligentsia. Furthermore, the picture of a diplomat from a post-communist country is similar to that of a diplomat from any western country. In other words, the diplomats in post-communist countries are recruited from the same strata from which the diplomats in countries experiencing political stability would normally be recruited. In those few countries where a break up with the regime prevented the majority of the urban elite from being considered reliable by new regime, preference was given to persons with rural background, overwhelmingly men." (author's abstract)
Keywords political elite; transformation; post-communist society; continuity; diplomat; social factors; academic; academic (female); highly qualified worker; international relations; training; education; family; social background; occupation; career; comparative research; religion; research; elite research
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; General History
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 91-107
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 2
Issue topic Politische und funktionale Eliten in postsozialistischer Transformation: Mittel- und Osteuropa seit 1989/90 / Political and functional elites in Post-Socialist transformation: Central and East Europe since 1989/90
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works