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Political Elites

Jean Blondel and Ferdinand Müller‐Rommel

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0044

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

Political Elites

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This article examines the various forms that political elite theory took, from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1960s and 1970s. The career patterns, forms of recruitment, and duration and turnover among the political elite are studied. The article also discusses the role of the political elite. It is concluded that the use of the concept of the political elite can help in the understanding of political life, as long as it is treated as a flexible tool that takes into account the immense complexities of the power relationships between human beings.

Keywords: political elite theory; career patterns; forms of recruitment; duration and turnover; political elite; role of political elite; power relationships; political life

Article.  7244 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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