Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Elites come in many forms and express themselves in an extraordinary variety of ways. The chapter begins with the work of John Higley, very well known in the area of elites, and Jan Pakulski. Higley and Pakulski begin with a discussion of past sociological leaders in the field: Pareto and Weber. They explore the oft-cited distinction between elites with fox-like and lion-like behavior. The remainder of the chapter explores, in a good bit of detail, elites and leadership in a number of different liberal democracies covering most of the world's continents, offering contemporary as well as historical comparisons, and concluding that contemporary "ascendant elites are more leonine and top leaders are more pugnacious".

Keywords:Jan Pakulski; John Higley



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Elites: New Comparative Perspectives — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation