Special Issue: Challenged Elites – Elites as Challengers. The Impact of Civil Activism, Populism and the Economic Crisis on Elite Structures, Orientations and Agendas (ed. Heinrich Best, Ursula Hoffmann-Lange, Hans-Dieter Klingemann & Peter Rutland)
This special issue of Historical Social Research explores new territories of elite theory and research by presenting recent and ongoing debates in this field. The themes linking the contributions are the increasingly challenged status of elites under the premises of globalization, what their own contribution is to eliciting these challenges, and what their responses are to them. A special focus is the crucial importance of citizens in today´s democracies and its impact on elite-citizen relations. The fourteen original contributions to this special issue were selected from presentations at the IPSA congresses in Poznań (2016) or Brisbane (2018) and from the comparative study on “Support for Democracy. Citizens and their Representatives in Times of Crisis”.
It covers subjects like how different segments of the European Elite System responded to the great recession after 2008, the responses of political elites to the collapse of the political system in Tunisia, the attempts of US-American political elites to consolidate the normative and institutional bases for its global leadership and the ideological and policy congruences between representatives and represented in seven countries. The introductory chapter develops a unified theory of representative elites by combining the three theorems of antagonistic cooperation, the principal-agent theorem and the challenge-response theorem and applies it to the recent surge of populism.
Abstracts of all contributions are available at <http://www.gesis.org/hsr/>.
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Heinrich Best & Ursula Hoffmann-Lange
Challenged Elites – Elites as Challengers. Towards a Unified Theory of Representative Elites.
Vulnerability, Resilience, and Responses: The European Elites System under a Prolonged Crisis.
Farida Jalalzai & Meg Rincker
Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Ties to Political Power Worldwide.
Corporate Recruitment and Networks in Germany: Change, Stability, or Both?
Jérôme Heurtaux: Elites and Revolution: Political Relegation and Reintegration of Former Senior Government Officials in Tunisia.
Continued Elite Support for the Norwegian Version of the Nordic Model?
Political Elites in the USA under George W. Bush and Barack Obama: Structure and International Politics.
Hans-Dieter Klingemann & Ursula Hoffmann-Lange
The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Support for Democracy.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.43.2018.4. 164-174
Parliamentarians’ Evaluations of the Global Economic Crisis.
The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Patterns of Support for Democracy in Germany.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.43.2018.4. 203-234
Not all Crises are Detrimental for the Government. The Global Economic Crisis and the Swedish Case.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.43.2018.4. 235-249
Radosław Markowski & Agnieszka Kwiatkowska
The Political Impact of the Global Economic Crisis in Poland: Delayed and Indirect Effects.
Sang-Jin Han & Young-Hee Shim
The Global Economic Crisis, Dual Polarization, and Liberal Democracy in South Korea.
Yilmaz Esmer & Bahar Ayça Okçuoğlu
Dimensions of Political Representation: Ideological and Policy Congruence between the Representative and the Represented in Seven Countries.
Arianna Ciula, Øyvind Eide, Cristina Marras & Patrick Sahle
Models and Modelling between Digital and Humanities. Remarks from a Multidisciplinary Perspective.
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