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06Oct 2022

Call for papers - IPSA World Congress - Buenos Aires 2023

The call for panels for next year’s IPSA World Congress in Buenos Aires is now open !

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12Jul 2021

New board elections

Since July 2021, three new board members have been elected ! Discover their names and positions here

06Feb 2020

Call for Papers - Innsbruck ECPR General Conference

The ECPR Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership is organizing a section on "Angels and Demons: Elites and Leaders in Context and Comparison" for the next ECPR General Conference and is looking for papers here
Deadline for applications is 19 February 2020.


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04Jun 2019

Call for panels - IPSA World Congress - Lisbon 2020

The call for panels for next year’s IPSA World Congress in Lisbon is now open !


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02Feb 2019

Call for Papers - Wroclaw ECPR General Conference

The Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership is putting together a section entitled "A Brave New World? Elites and Challenges to Leadership" at the ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw, 4-7 September 2019.

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23Jan 2019

RC02 is on Twitter !

The RC02 is now on Twitter ! Do not hesitate to follow us on @IPSA_Elites 

19Dec 2018

New board members !

Since July 2021, new board members have been elected ! Discover there names and positions here

02Feb 2018

IPSA World Congress 2020 in Lisbon


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02Feb 2018

The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites

The handbook was published in the fall of 2017 and is a collaborative work of current and former officers of RC02. Many of our active members have actively contributed to the book. We gratefully acknowledge the help of Verona Christmas-Best and the Palgrave team in preparing the final manuscript and the production of the book.




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23Mar 2017

Call for Papers

Invitation to submit an article for the yearbook Comparative Social Research

The yearbook Comparative Social Research invites the submission of papers on the changing significance of elites, and tensions between elites and population groups, in a comparative perspective. The current rise of populism seem to shatter established relationships between elites and the population in both Western and non-Western parts of the world, and may represent a challenge to democracy. Reasons for these changes need to be scrutinized and more thoroughly understood. Increased tensions between people and elite groups may vary from one society to another, reflecting differences in national culture, organizational and political structure, as well as institutions producing social integration. Which groups are perceived as elites, and which groups hold power, may vary between countries and over time. Recent political developments, as well as research, suggest that the role of cultural and symbolic dimensions in the shaping of elite status is significant.

Contributions may take their point of departure in a diversity of disciplines (sociology, political science, history, or other social sciences), and in different conceptions of elites or theoretical strands, such as institutional patterns, power elites and elite integration, symbolic boundary work, or elite compromises and democracy. 

Deadline: Scholars are invited to submit summaries of articles before September 15, 2017, and finished articles before January 10, 2018.

More information: LR_CSR_call_for_papers_elites.docx

03Jun 2016

The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites

The publication of a Handbook of Political Elites has been adopted as a major assignment of the Research Committee during the past four years. Steered by a group of editors which is made up mainly by present and former officers of our Committee, the Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites has now advanced to its final stage. With about 40 chapters written by eminent experts of the field (who were predominantly recruited from the membership of the RC02), it will cover the main theoretical, methodological and empirical aspects of scholarly inquiry into political elites, including their regional variation and internal differentiation. We expect that the Handbook of Political Elites will come forth in spring 2017.

Heinrich Best and John Higley (principal editors)