Special Issue:Jan Pakulski, Heinrich Best, Verona Christmas-Best & Ursula Hoffmann-Lange (Eds.): Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics
This special issue of the HSR is dedicated to John Higley in honour of his continued accomplishment as a distinguished scholar and prolific author whose seminal publications on the role of elites in politics and society have contributed to the contemporary revival of elite research. The volume assembles contributions from fourteen authors, ranging from theoretical analyses to empirical studies of elites in old and new democracies. Proceeding from the emergence of elites with the advent of complex societies, the chapters show the wide application of elite theory in understanding social and political developments.
One group of chapters focuses on the continued relevance of three classics of elite theory, Max Weber, Gaetano Mosca, and Joseph Schumpeter, which call into question some unrealistically optimistic assumptions of the theory of democratic elitism and egalitarian socialism. Another group addresses post-communist elite transformations and the formation of transnational elites, and demonstrates the relevance of elite studies for understanding abrupt as well as gradual regime change.
A final group of papers discusses the dynamics of elite-mass relations by comparing the attitudes and behaviours of elites to those of mass publics. In addition to these dedicated contributions, the issue also includes reprints of a selection of John Higley's seminal articles and book chapters.
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CONTENTSof the Special Issue HSR Vol. 37 (2012) No. 1:Jan Pakulski, Heinrich Best, Verona Christmas-Best & Ursula Hoffmann-Lange (Eds.): Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics
Jan PakulskiIntroduction: John Higley’s Work on Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics. Seite 9
G. William DomhoffAn Invitation to a Four-Network Theory of Power: A New Viewpoint Compatible with Elite Theory. S. 23
Jan PakulskiThe Weberian Foundations of Modern Elite Theory and Democratic Elitism. S. 38
András KörösényiMonopolistic Competition, Auction and Authorization. A Schumpeterian View of Leadership and the Political Market. S. 57
Heinrich BestMarx or Mosca? An Inquiry into the Foundations of Ideocratic Regimes. S. 73
Thomas A. BaylisElite Consensus and Political Polarization: Cases from Central Europe. S. 90
György Lengyel & Gabriella IlonszkiSimulated Democracy and Pseudo-Transformational Leadership in Hungary. S. 107
Anton SteenElite and Mass Confidence in New Democracies – Towards Congruence? The Baltic States 1992-2007. S. 127
Trygve GulbrandsenElite Integration – An Empirical Study. S. 148
Maurizio CottaPolitical Elites and a Polity in the Making: The Case of the EU. S. 167
Ursula Hoffmann-LangeVertical and Horizontal Accountability of Global Elites: Some Theoretical Reflections and a Preliminary Research Agenda. S. 193
Jean-Pascal DalozElite (Un)Conspicuousness: Theoretical Reflections on Ostentation vs. Understatement. S. 209
Gwen Moore & Scott DolanU.S. Elite and Public Views on Anti-Terrorist Military Action: Are Women Less Militaristic? S. 223
APPENDIX: JOHN HIGLEY: SELECTED CONTRIBUTIONS
John Higley & Michael G. BurtonThe Elite Variable in Democratic Transitions and Breakdowns . S. 245
Mattei Dogan & John HigleyElites, Crises, and Regimes in Comparative Analysis . S. 269
John Higley & Jan PakulskiElite Power Games and Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe . 292
John Higley & Jan PakulskiElite Theory versus Marxism: The Twentieth Century’s Verdict . S. 320
John Higley & Jan PakulskiElite and Leadership Change in Liberal Democracies . S. 333
John HigleyDemocratic Elitism and Western Political Thought . S. 351
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