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Elites in the new democracies, Matevž Tomšič

Elites in the new democracies, Matevž Tomšič
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-135) and index
Main title
Elites in the new democracies
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Matevž Tomšič
The book deals with the analysis of key political actors in the ‘new democracies’ from Central and Eastern Europe. It is focused on character of elites, particularly political ones, and their role in the process of societal change. The author argues that elite configuration in terms of relationships between different elite factions as well as their cultural profile has strong impact on developmental dynamics of these societies. Although – at least in some countries from the region – political elites have managed to build the institutional foundations of systems of a market economy and a parliamentary democracy, with only small chances of any reverses taking place, they have been much less successful in establishing mechanisms for society’s self-organisation
Table Of Contents
Elites as social phenomenon - between power and knowledge -- Thematisation of elites -- Elites and social differentiation -- Political spheres and the political elite -- Elites and social change -- Post-communist transformation as systemic modernisation -- The political system and systemic transformation of society -- Character of the political elite and dynamics of the systemic transformation -- Formation of post-communist political elite -- Political elite and civil society in transition -- Cleavages and conflicts -- Elites and integration into the European institutional setting -- The rise of person-based politics -- Culture or politics: Dilemmas of the intellectual elites in Central and Eastern Europe -- Elite profiles and the type of socio-economic regulation: The story of two post-communist countries