Most political regimes, whether authoritarian or democratic, are born in abrupt, brutal, and momentous crises. In this volume, a group of prominent scholars explores how these seminal events affect elites and shape regimes. Combining theoretical and case study chapters, the authors draw from a wide range of historical and contemporary examples to challenge mainstream developmental explanations of political change, which emphasize incremental changes and evolutions stretching over generations.
Mattei Dogan is director of research at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and chair of the Research Committee on Political Elites of the International Political Science Assocation. John Higley is professor of government and sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and deputy chair of the Research Committee on Political Elites of the International Political Science Association.
Part 1 Theoretical Chapter 2 Elites, Crises, and Regimes in Comparative Analysis Chapter 3 Historical and Theoretical Considerations Chapter 4 Political Crises and Elite Settlements Chapter 5 Mexico and Latin America in Comparative Perspective Part 6 Case Studies Chapter 7 The Soviet Union: Revolution and Transformation Chapter 8 Russia: Elite Continuity and Change Chapter 9 Hungary, Poland, and Russia: The Fate of Nomenklatura Elites Chapter 10 Germany: Twentieth-Century Turning Points Chapter 11 Japan: The Elite Legacies of Meiji and World War II Chapter 12 South Africa: From Apartheid to Democracy Chapter 13 Conclusion Chapter 14 Index