Elites or Leadership? Opposite or Complementary Paradigms?

  • Jean Blondel


This chapter discusses the relationship between elite theory and leadership theory. After having highlighted some of the historical reasons for the birth of elite theory, it continues to discuss the different perspective on politics shared by the studies of leadership initiated by Max Weber and the growing importance of their key concept in contemporary times. It addresses then the question to what extent it is possible to overcome the apparent lack of dialogue between the two paradigms and find a fruitful integration between them.


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  • Jean Blondel
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  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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