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Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

Series Editor: Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont

All political systems are governed by ruling elites – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, civil servants, judges, mayors and councillors all play important roles in running our lives, while beyond the state people are picked to run international organizations. Social elites, such as global business or media tycoons, religious or ethnic leaders, play a major role influencing public policy. The books in this series examine all such political and social elites within local, national and international arenas. We are interested in theoretical and empirical analyses of elites. Whilst elites have been studied in the past, modern computing and electronic data-collection facilities mean that for the first time comprehensive information on the personal characteristics of elites, including factors such as birthplace, age, and social and educational background, can relatively easily be gathered. We can explore the ways in which people enter the elite, the networks they form and the policies they effect. Modern techniques open up exciting opportunities to examine our governors, their actions and interactions in more detail than ever before.

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  1. Coalition Government and Party Mandate

    How Coalition Agreements Constrain Ministerial Action

    By Catherine Moury

    Series: Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

    Which kind of decisions are passed by Cabinet in coalition governments? What motivates ministerial action? How much leeway do coalition parties give their governmental representatives? This book focuses on a comparative study of ministerial behaviour in Germany, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands....

    Published August 20th 2014 by Routledge

  2. The Selection of Ministers around the World

    Edited by Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont

    Series: Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

    Governing cabinets are composed of ministers who come and go even as governments march on. They work for the chief executive, the prime minister or the president, for their parties and for the constituent groups from which they come. They are chosen for their role and dismissed from it for all...

    Published August 12th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Selection of Political Party Leaders in Contemporary Parliamentary Democracies

    A Comparative Study

    Edited by Jean-Benoit Pilet, William Cross

    Series: Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

    This book explores the ways in which political parties, in contemporary parliamentary democracies, choose their leaders and then subsequently hold them accountable. The authors provide a comprehensive examination of party leadership selection and accountability both through examination of parties...

    Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Parliamentary Elites in Central and Eastern Europe

    Recruitment and Representation

    Edited by Elena Semenova, Michael Edinger, Heinrich Best

    Series: Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

    Legislators are entrusted with key parliamentary functions and are important figures in the decision-making process. Their behaviour as political elites is as much responsible for the failures and successes of the new democracies as their institutional designs and constitutional reforms. This...

    Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. The Selection of Ministers around the World
    Edited by Keith Dowding, Patrick Dumont
    To Be Published August 31st 2014

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