Elites, Crises and the Origins of Regimes

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Most political regimes, whether authoritarian or democratic, are born in abrupt, brutal, and momentous crises. In this volume, a group of prominent scholars explores how these seminal events affect elites and shape regimes. Combining theoretical and case study chapters, the authors draw from a wide range of historical and contemporary examples to challenge mainstream developmental explanations of political change, which emphasize incremental changes and evolutions stretching over generations. Instead, the authors argue here, political leaders and elites possess significant autonomy and latitude for maneuver, especially in times of crisis. Elites' choices are frequently decisive in the making of regimes and the forging of national political histories. Providing a sustained comparative analysis of elites, their circulation, and behavior across times and countries, this lucid volume will be invaluable for scholars and students alike.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal Of Contingencies and Crisis Management
There is much to be learned from this volume, not only by students of comparative politics but also by other crisis scholars.
Political Studies Association
This is an interesting and well-argued book which is essential reading for anyone interested in the process of political change.
— Peter Calvert, University of Southampton
Political Studies Association - Peter Calvert
This is an interesting and well-argued book which is essential reading for anyone interested in the process of political change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847690237
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Mattei Dogan is director of research at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and chair of the Research Committee on Political Elites of the International Political Science Assocation. John Higley is professor of government and sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and deputy chair of the Research Committee on Political Elites of the International Political Science Association.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Theoretical Chapter 2 Elites, Crises, and Regimes in Comparative Analysis Chapter 3 Historical and Theoretical Considerations Chapter 4 Political Crises and Elite Settlements Chapter 5 Mexico and Latin America in Comparative Perspective Part 6 Case Studies Chapter 7 The Soviet Union: Revolution and Transformation Chapter 8 Russia: Elite Continuity and Change Chapter 9 Hungary, Poland, and Russia: The Fate of Nomenklatura Elites Chapter 10 Germany: Twentieth-Century Turning Points Chapter 11 Japan: The Elite Legacies of Meiji and World War II Chapter 12 South Africa: From Apartheid to Democracy Chapter 13 Conclusion Chapter 14 Index

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