ECPR General Conference
University of Wrocław, Wrocław
4 - 7 September 2019

A Brave New World? Elites and Challenges to Leadership

Comparative Politics
Political Leadership
Political Methodology
Section Number
Section Chair
Matthew Kerby
Australian National University
Section Co-Chair
Patrick Dumont
Australian National University

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.

Here are the panels that members of the Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership have proposed. If your paper fits one of these panels best, please get in touch with the panel chair before or even after submitting your individual paper proposal to our Section through the ECPR website. This will allow for the best informed final selection of papers and panels.

1. Women’s Leadership as Chief Executives: Feminist Institutional Analyses (Chair Pat Sykes,; Discussant: Keith Dowding)
2. Social identity and leadership (Chair: Martin Rosema,; Discussant: TBA)
3. Political outsiders and the challenge of party politics (Chair: Despina Alexiadou,; Discussant: Eri Bertsou)
4. European leaders and elites: the times they are a changing (Chair: Luca Verzichelli,; Discussant: TBA)
5. Political leaders in times of post-truth and fake news (Chair: Eoin O’Malley,; Discussant: TBA)
6. The elite-voter nexus: elites’ perceptions of voter preferences (Chair: Patrick Dumont,; Discussant: TBA)
7. Professionalization and de-professionalization among political elites (Chair: Anchrit Wille,; Discussant: Marc Bovens)
8. What they say is what they do: Text analysis and Political Elites (Chair: Rohan Alexander,; Discussant: Matt Kerby)
9. Parliamentary Careers, pools and sequences (Chair: Matt Kerby,; Discussant: TBA)
10. Elites and Experiments (Chair:; Discussant: TBA)
11. Networks and political elites and leaders (Chair:; Discussant: TBA)

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