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Elite and leadership change in liberal democracies


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Higley, J and Pakulski, J (2007) Elite and leadership change in liberal democracies. Comparative Sociology, 6 (1-2). pp. 6-226. ISSN 1569-1330

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Elites, Leaders, Liberal, democracies, pareto, weber.
Journal or Publication Title: Comparative Sociology
Publisher: Brill
Page Range: pp. 6-226
ISSN: 1569-1330
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1163/156913307X187388
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:30
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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