By John Higley
This compelling and convincing examine represents the fruits of the authors' numerous many years of study at the pivotal position performed via elites within the luck or failure of political regimes. Revising the classical concept of elites and politics, John Higley and Michael Burton distinguish simple sorts of elites and linked political regimes. They canvas political swap in the course of the glossy ancient and modern classes to spot conditions and ways that the sine qua non of liberal democracy, a consensually united elite, has shaped and persevered.
The e-book considers a magnificent physique of circumstances, analyzing how consensually united elites have fostered forty-five liberal democracies and the way disunited or ideologically united elites have to this point avoided liberal democracy in additional than 100 different international locations. The authors argue that stumbling blocks to the emergence of elites propitious for liberal democracy are extra bold than democratization lovers realize. They determine customers for the transformation of disunited and ideologically united elites the place they now exist, ask even if present demanding situations to Western liberal democracies will undermine their consensually united elites, and discover what the increase of the distinct elite clustered round George W. Bush could portend for America's liberal democracy. The authors' robust and demanding argument reframes our wondering liberal democracy and questions confident assumptions in regards to the customers for its unfold within the twenty-first century.
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