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About this book
This handbook presents a comprehensive view of the current theory and research surrounding political elites, which is now a pivotal subject for academic study and public discourse. In 40 chapters by leading scholars, it displays the field’s richness and diversity. The handbook is organized in six sections, each introduced by a co-editor, focusing on theories about political elites, methods for studying them, their main structural and behavioral patterns worldwide, the differentiation and integration of political elite sectors, elite attributes and resources, and the dilemmas of political elites in this century. Forty years since Robert Putnam’s landmark Comparative Study of Political Elites, this handbook is an indispensable resource for scholars and students engaged in the study of this vibrant field.
elite theories Political Elites in the Democratic West Political Elites in Authoritarian Regimes Political Elites in Totalitarian Regimes parliamentary elites elitist politics media elites political power of elites Autonomy of Political Elites political power of economic elites elitist networks elite network analysis classical elite theory neo-elite theory political authority transational elitism