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)