Power Relations, Dominance and Networks among Elite Groups

Open Panel

This panel aims to widen the scope of elite studies from political elites to power balance, dominance and network structures among elites across several social fields. There is a rich research tradition analysing relationships among different elite groups originating from the classical theory of Mosca and the power elite concept of Mills. New elite theory, though from another perspective, also pays attention to different and overlapping sectors influencing political decision-making. In the perspective of democratic elitism, this differentiation is an important component of democracy.
However, recent developments in regime theory focusing on grey zones between (liberal) democracy and autocracy also has to do with elite groups other than political elite. In hybrid regimes, relationship between political and economic elites is described by concepts like crony capitalism, clientelism and patrimonialism; or state capture and oligarchy (depending on the power relations between the two elite groups). New nationalism, populism and illiberalism also affects cultural and academic elite groups whose autonomy may be endangered by ruling political elites.
The panel is looking for papers addressing the following topics:
- the effect of new nationalism on economic or cultural elites
- power relations and dominance among political and other elites in democracies and autocracies
- political attitudes and behaviour of economic, cultural, military etc. elites