The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites

Editors: Best, Heinrich, Higley, John (Eds.)

  • Provides the first comprehensive handbook on political elites and their consequences for politics
  • Offers a broad, international approach that covers political elitism worldwide
  • Unites the research on political elites found within the fields of  political science, sociology, political economy, international relations, social psychology, political anthropology and public policy 
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About this book

This handbook presents a comprehensive view of the current theory and research surrounding political elites, which is now a pivotal subject for academic study and public discourse. In 40 chapters by leading scholars, it displays the field’s richness and diversity. The handbook is organized in six sections, each introduced by a co-editor, focusing on theories about political elites, methods for studying them, their main structural and behavioral patterns worldwide, the differentiation and integration of political elite sectors, elite attributes and resources, and the dilemmas of political elites in this century. Forty years since Robert Putnam’s landmark Comparative Study of Political Elites, this handbook is an indispensable resource for scholars and students engaged in the study of this vibrant field.

About the authors

John Higley is Emeritus Professor of Government and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. From 2001-2012, he chaired the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Political Elites. His most recent book is The Endangered West: Myopic Elites and Fragile Social Orders in a Threatening World (2016). 
Heinrich Best is Senior Professor of Sociology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. Since 2012 he has chaired the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Political Elites. His most recent book is Political Elites in the Transatlantic Crisis (2014, with J. Higley)

Reviews

“The introduction addresses the definition of political elites and changes in the scholarly treatment of political elites since the mid-twentieth century. … The book includes with an extensive, cross-referenced index. This is a scholarly enterprise. The writing level reflects the target audience, college students and above. Highly recommended.” (American Reference Books Annual ARBA, June, 2018)

“Scholars have recognized for centuries that elites are the key drivers of political change. In this handbook, Best, Higley and colleagues deliver everything one needs to know about the roles and dynamics of modern elites and how to study them.  This is an essential reference for anyone analyzing comparative politics, international relations, or theories of governance.” (Professor Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University, USA)

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites: Introduction

    Best, Heinrich (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • The Development of Elite Theory

    Pakulski, Jan

    Pages 9-16

  • Classical Elite Theory: Pareto and Weber

    Pakulski, Jan

    Pages 17-24

  • Continuities and Discontinuities in Elite Theory

    Higley, John

    Pages 25-39

  • Political Elites and Democracy

    Körösényi, András

    Pages 41-52

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51904-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $239.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51903-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites
Editors
  • Heinrich Best
  • John Higley
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51904-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51904-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51903-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 698
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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