Ruling Elites and Decision-Making in Fascist-Era Dictatorships

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Dictators do not rule alone, and a governing elite stratum is always formed below them. This book explores an underdeveloped area in the study of fascism: the structure of power. The old and rich tradition of elite studies can tell us much about the structure and operation of political power in the dictatorship associated with fascism, whether through the characterisation of the modes of political elite recruitment, or by the type of leadership, and the relative power of the political institutions in the new ...

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Overview

Dictators do not rule alone, and a governing elite stratum is always formed below them. This book explores an underdeveloped area in the study of fascism: the structure of power. The old and rich tradition of elite studies can tell us much about the structure and operation of political power in the dictatorship associated with fascism, whether through the characterisation of the modes of political elite recruitment, or by the type of leadership, and the relative power of the political institutions in the new dictatorial system. Analyzing four dictatorships associated with fascism (Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Salazar's Portugal and Franco's Spain), the book investigates the dictator-cabinet-single party triad from a comparative perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880336567
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: EEM Social Science Monographs Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Costa Pinto is professor of international relations at the University of Lisbon.

East European Monographs

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of Tables and Figures xi

Introduction: Political elites and decision-making in fascist-era dictatorships António Costa Pinto xv

1 Mussolini, charisma and decision-making Didier Musiedlak 1

2 Political elite and decision-making in Mussolini's Italy Goffredo Adinolfi 19

3 Ministers and centres of power in Nazi Germany Ana Mónica Fonseca 55

4 Nazi propaganda decision-making: the hybrid of 'modernity' and 'neo-feudalism' in Nazi wartime propaganda Aristotle Kallis 83

5 The 'empire of the professor': Salazar's ministerial elite, 1932-44 Nuno Estêvão Ferreira Rita Almeida de Carvalho António Costa Pinto 119

6 Political decision-making in the Portuguese New State (1933-9): The dictator, the council of ministers and the inner-circle Filipa Raimundo Nuno Estêvão Ferreira Rita Almeida de Carvalho 137

7 Executive, single party and ministers in Franco's regime, 1936-45 Miguel Jerez Mir 165

8 Single party, cabinet and political decision-making in fascist era dictatorships: Comparative perspectives António Costa Pinto 215

Contributors 253

Index 257

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