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Political Elite Circulation: Implications for Leadership Diversity and Democratic Regime Stability in Ghana Johanna Odonkor Svanikier Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, UK johanna.svanikier@politics.ox.ac.uk Abstract Th is article proposes that elite

In: Comparative Sociology

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156913307X208140 Political Elites in the Commonwealth of Independent States: Recruitment and Rotation Tendencies Oxana Gaman-Golutvina Department of Political Science, Russian Academy of Public Administration, Moscow, Russia ogaman

In: Comparative Sociology
Author: John Higley

Political elites comprise a somewhat elastic category that includes a society’s most senior politicians and most politically influential leaders of state administrative, business, labor, military, professional, media, religious, and other important sectors and movements. Members of political

In: Comparative Sociology

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156913311X590574 Comparative Sociology 10 (2011) 443–455 brill.nl/coso C O M P A R A T I V E S O C I O L O G Y The Distinction of Social and Political Elites Jean-Pascal Daloz CNRS Research Professor Department of Politics & Maison Française

In: Comparative Sociology
A Study on the Iranian Political Elite from Khomeini to Ahmadinejad
Author: Eva Rakel
The Iranian Islamic revolution brought about a political system based on a combination of state institutions that derive their legitimacy from Islamic law and republican institutions legitimized by the people. As there are no legal political parties in the Islamic Republic of Iran, political factions represent the varying ideological and material interests of members of the political elite and their supporters. This book analyzes the rivalries between the political factions and their related state institutions and the impact of the dynamics of factionalism on domestic (economic and socio-cultural) and foreign policy formulation. It shows that tensions inherent to the structure of state institutions and factional rivalries slow down the process of democratization and economic reforms in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

methods are sometimes criticised for obscuring their workings into a “black box”, unknowable to the uninitiated. This section tries to open that black box. The following section then discusses how the social science concepts of “political elite” and “political relations” could be operationalised for

In: Asian Journal of Social Science

, the answers to this question. One of the major methodological decisions facing the researcher is how to identify political elites. The three main options are by now well-rehearsed, having been debated in more or less the same way for several decades. 4 First is the positional method, which follows