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Elite Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe


Higley, J and Pakulski, J, Elite Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, Australian Journal of Political Science, 30, (3) pp. 415-435. ISSN 1036-1146 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00323269508402348


Changing configurations of national elites are shaping the prospects for democracy in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. There are three broad possibilities: (1) increasingly unchecked and violent power struggles between elites, with regimes oscillating between democratic and authoritarian forms; (2) restrained elite competitions in accordance with democratic game rules and tacit accommodations, with regimes gradually becoming stable democracies; (3) takeovers by ultra-nationalist elites through coups or plebiscitary victories, with regimes becoming state-corporatist in form and quasi-fascist in operation. Crucial questions are the extent and nature of elite unity and differentiation. This article identifies elite configurations and the most likely regime outcomes in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. © AusJPS 1995.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Pakulski, J (Professor Jan Pakulski)
ID Code:4624
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Sociology
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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