Elite Configurations at the Apex of Power

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Mattéi Dogan
BRILL, 2003 - Social Science - 301 pages
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This book, prepared under the auspices of the IPSA Research Committee on Political Elites, focuses on the interpenetration between various types of elites: politicians, owners of capital, corporate managers, higher state administrators, directors of public enterprises, controllers of media, military officers and the civic-cultural establishment. The contributions to this book reveal contrasting patterns of recruitment and selection in terms of career paths, visibility, influence, and power of different elite circles. This diversity of national elite configurations challenges the C. Wright Mills' theory of an integrated "power elite," which appears from a comparative perspective to be peculiar to the United States during the early post-war period. Key concepts are discussed and empirically tested: ruling class, political class, elite circulation versus elite reproduction, elite interpenetration, elite interlocks, elite cohesion, elite osmosis, functional elite roles, formal and informal networks, elite cousinhood, separation versus overlapping between wealth and power, and between power and social capital. The book covers a great variety of countries: post-industrial democracies (France, Britain, Germany, Canada), new democracies (East-Central Europe, Mexico) and modernizing regimes (Southeast Asia, Tropical Africa), presented by an international selection of distinguished contributors: Andras Bozoki, Roderic Camp, William Case, Jean-Pascal Daloz, Mattei Dogan, Dennis Kavanagh, Michael Ornstein, David Richards, Erwin Scheuch and John Scott.
  

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Contents

MATTEI DOGAN
1
MATTEI DOGAN
17
ERWIN SCHEUCH
91
RODERIC A CAMP
135
JOHN SCOTT
155
DENNIS KAVANAGH and DAVID RICHARDS
175
MICHAEL ORNSTEIN
197
ANDRAS BOZOKI
215
WILLIAM CASE
249
JEANPASCAL DALOZ
271
Notes on Contributors
287
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Mattei Dogan, Ph.D., Sorbonne, is Honorary Research Director of National Center of Scientific Research, Paris and former Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles. His many articles and books include Comparing Nations: Concepts, Strategies and Substance (Blackwell, 1994) and Elites, Crises and the Origins of Regimes (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).