- Pakulski, Jan: Introduction: John Higley’s Work on Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics.
- Domhoff, G. William: An Invitation to a Four-Network Theory of Power: A New Viewpoint Compatible with Elite Theory.
- Pakulski, Jan: The Weberian Foundations of Modern Elite Theory and Democratic Elitism.
- Körösényi, András: Monopolistic Competition, Auction and Authorization. A Schumpeterian View of Leadership and the Political Market.
- Best, Heinrich: Marx or Mosca? An Inquiry into the Foundations of Ideocratic Regimes.
- Baylis, Thomas A.: Elite Consensus and Political Polarization: Cases from Central Europe.
- Lengyel, György & Ilonszki, Gabriella: Simulated Democracy and Pseudo-Transformational Leadership in Hungary.
- Steen, Anton: Elite and Mass Confidence in New Democracies – Towards Congruence? The Baltic States 1992-2007.
- Gulbrandsen, Trygve: Elite Integration – An Empirical Study.
- Cotta, Maurizio: Political Elites and a Polity in the Making: The Case of the EU.
- Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula: Vertical and Horizontal Accountability of Global Elites: Some Theoretical Reflections and a Preliminary Research Agenda.
- Daloz, Jean-Pascal: Elite (Un)Conspicuousness: Theoretical Reflections on Ostentation vs. Understatement.
- Moore, Gwen & Dolan, Scott: U.S. Elite and Public Views on Anti-Terrorist Military Action: Are Women Less Militaristic?.
Appendix: John Higley - Selected Contributions
- Higley, John & Burton, Michael G.: The Elite Variable in Democratic Transitions and Breakdowns .
- Dogan, Mattei & Higley, John: Elites, Crises, and Regimes in Comparative Analysis .
- Higley, John & Pakulski, Jan.: Elite Power Games and Democratic Consolidation in Central and Eastern Europe .
- Higley, John & Pakulski, Jan: Elite Theory versus Marxism: The Twentieth Century’s Verdict .
- Higley, John & Pakulski, Jan: Elite and Leadership Change in Liberal Democracies .
- Higley, John: Democratic Elitism and Western Political Thought .
HSR Vol. 37 (2012) No. 1: Special Issue: Elite Foundations
Jan Pakulski, Heinrich Best, Verona Christmas-Best & Ursula Hoffmann-Lange (Eds.): Elite Foundations of Social Theory and Politics.
This special issue of the HSR is dedicated to John Higley in honour of his continued accomplishment as a distinguished scholar and prolific author whose seminal publications on the role of elites in politics and society have contributed to the contemporary revival of elite research. The volume assembles contributions from fourteen authors, ranging from theoretical analyses to empirical studies of elites in old and new democracies. Proceeding from the emergence of elites with the advent of complex societies, the chapters show the wide application of elite theory in understanding social and political developments.
One group of chapters focuses on the continued relevance of three classics of elite theory, Max Weber, Gaetano Mosca, and Joseph Schumpeter, which call into question some unrealistically optimistic assumptions of the theory of democratic elitism and egalitarian socialism. Another group addresses post-communist elite transformations and the formation of transnational elites, and demonstrates the relevance of elite studies for understanding abrupt as well as gradual regime change. A final group of papers discusses the dynamics of elite-mass relations by comparing the attitudes and behaviours of elites to those of mass publics. In addition to these dedicated contributions, the issue also includes reprints of a selection of John Higley’s seminal articles and book chapters.