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This front matter section of this book titled Democratic Elitism: New Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives contains the table of contents, a note on contributors and the acknowledgement. The book is divided in to two parts. Part I focuses on intersections between democratic elitism and todays broad range of theories about democracy. Jens Borchert begins by disentangling democratic elitisms principal components-periodic elections, the inescapability of political elites, and the need for elite autonomy-and asks if democratic elitism is now conventional wisdom, an obsolete doctrine, or still a distinct pole in the ongoing debate about democracy. Part II takes stock of how democratic elitism has operated in several European countries. Heinrich Best discusses how Germany has exhibited democratic elitisms workings in both a frail and a robust form.

Keywords: democratic elitism; European country; periodic elections



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