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Introduction: The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Alisa DiCaprio

in The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659036
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.003.0001

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Introduction: The Role of Elites in Economic Development

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The broad sweep of the chapters in this book is intended to capture the reach that elite theory has across the spectrum of disciplines. While each of the authors of the various chapters is individually embedded in a specific discipline, the combination of their insights offers an extraordinary insight into the activities, behaviour, and outcomes of elites. By providing a critical survey of the relevant literature in their areas of focus, authors reveal the lens through which they interpret elites. The incorporation of these different angles of analysis enables this volume to draw out the wider lessons about how elites interact with society. This chapter pegs out the frame of the book, introducing the research work in broad brushstrokes and some of the important lessons offered up to policy makers.

Keywords: elites; elite theory; society; policy

Chapter.  6607 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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