Moderation Through Expertise: Functional Elites and the Politics of Moderation in Western Europe’s Mid-Twentieth Century

  • Camilo ErlichmanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political History book series (PSPH)


Camilo Erlichman explores the rise of experts in politics during the ‘long 1940s’ in western Europe and its relation to the emergence of a politics of moderation in the immediate post-war era. He demonstrates how the collapse of effective central state authority and the breakdown of mass parliamentary politics allowed for the emergence of a range of influential expert groups operating beneath the level of the formal political process, creating a top-down reconfiguration of politics structured around experts who advanced discourses and practices of political moderation that were integral to the post-war model of democracy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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