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A Brave New World? Elites and Challenges to Leadership

Comparative Politics
Elites
Executives
Government
Institutions
Political Leadership
Political Methodology
S02
Matthew Kerby
Australian National University
Patrick Dumont
Australian National University

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership


Abstract

The panels bring together contemporary debates, traditions and trajectories that researchers who study political and social elites and leadership share. These range from those that focus on theory and method to single and large n case studies. The scope is far-reaching and considers developed and developing worlds as well as the gamut of individual actors in their capacities as elites and leaders. Drawing on the success of the Standing Group’s Section at the 2018 General Conference in Hamburg, we are proposing to host eleven panels. First, we continue to recognize the theoretical and interdisciplinary foundations that make up the study of leaders and elites by including panels on gender and executives as well as political sociology and social psychology. Second, we further the ongoing debates on the challenges facing leaders and political elites as the familiar political environment gives way to something unpredictable. These challenges include the roles of leaders and elites with respect to the threats to European integration, the legitimacy of party politics, and the changing relationship with citizens. In these new and uncertain contexts leaders must adapt and employ new strategies to reconnect with citizens.

Code Title Details
P039 Careers and Networks of Non-Elected Elites View Panel Details
P105 Elites and Experiments View Panel Details
P106 Elites and Political Careers View Panel Details
P107 Elites and Voters View Panel Details
P147 Gender and Political Elites View Panel Details
P246 Performance and Political Elites View Panel Details
P273 Political Outsiders and the Challenge of Party Politics View Panel Details
P303 Professionalisation and Political Elites View Panel Details
P433 Theory and Political Elites View Panel Details
P461 What They Say is What They Do: Text Analysis and Political Elites View Panel Details