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Elite foundations of liberal democracy

Author: John Higley; Michael G Burton
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2006.
Series: Elite transformations.
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This compelling and convincing study, the capstone of decades of research, argues that political regimes are created and sustained by elites. Liberal democracies are no exception; they depend, above all, on the formation and persistence of consensually united elites. John Higley and Michael Burton explore the circumstances and ways in which such elites have formed in the modern world. They identify pressures that  Read more...
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Higley, John.
Elite foundations of liberal democracy.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2006
(DLC) 2006007204
(OCoLC)64453448
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Higley; Michael G Burton
ISBN: 9780742568556 0742568555
OCLC Number: 276091690
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2007
Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 229 pages).
Contents: Elites and regimes --
Disunited elites and unstable regimes --
Settlements among disunited elites --
Colonial origins of consensually united elites --
Convergences among disunited elites --
Elites and liberal democratic prospects.
Series Title: Elite transformations.
Responsibility: John Higley and Michael Burton.
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