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Elite and leadership change in liberal democracies


Higley, J and Pakulski, J, Elite and leadership change in liberal democracies, Comparative Sociology, 6, (1-5) pp. 6-26. ISSN 1569-1330 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/156913307X187388


This article presents and assesses the thesis that a shift in the character of governing elites and leaders has been occurring in several important liberal democracies during recent years. Ascendant elites are more leonine and top leaders are more pugnacious. We attribute the shift to strong centripetal pressures that now impinge on elites and leaders, and we ask about the shift's consequences for the operation of liberal democracies.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:elites, leadership change, liberal democracy, leadership style
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Pakulski, J (Professor Jan Pakulski)
ID Code:46866
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-10-29
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