Search: Elites (5 materials)

The Formation of the Political Elite in Modern Iraq: The U.S. and Iranian Factors

... quit the Union just before the election to form his own party) and the support he received as a presidential candidate were predictable. But the Iraq Kurds could not agree on a single candidate for president, which, again, exposed a division among the elites. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (Barzani clan, Erbil) nominated Fuad Hussein, the former President of Kurdistan Region. Evidently, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah reached a last-minute agreement on the distribution of power at the federal and regional levels....


Isn't the way Russian oligarchs pilfered Russian state assets equivalent to what a con man does?

The Russian Oligarchs are more comparable to the Robber Barons in late 19th Century America. Despite the similarities, however, there are important differences. The most important similarity is that both resulted from institutional and legal vacuums of which energetic, enterprising, unscrupulous men took advantage. In late 19th Century America, a national economy was beginning to emerge, most notably in the railroads and oil industry. The U.S. economy was mainly local and regional. The Federal Government...


Has there been "rollback" of democracy in Russia under Putin?

... to say. Democratic reality is pretty thin on the ground." (1979: 1-2). Karl Popper, author of The Open Society and Its Enemies, writes that nowhere do “The People” actually rule themselves. Everywhere, he writes, they are ruled by elites and bureaucrats, "our civil servants or uncivil masters ... whom it is difficult, if not impossible, to make accountable for their actions" (1988, 20). Robert Dahl, one of the most distinguished theorists of democracy in the United ...


Government is Incomplete Conquest

... power, and prestige almost never arise. And when they do arise, it is only at the margins of political debate. In those rare instances when an existing political order is challenged, such things as populist movements and "color revolutions," elites almost always find ways to diffuse them. There may be excellent reasons why the state of conquest is almost never challenged. Yet the fact is that it very rarely is challenged. Government everywhere, even in democracies, is not really about consent ...


Challenges of interviewing elites

Interview with William Harvey, University of Sydney Business School Interview Interviewing elite members can provide a rich source of information for understanding how and why certain decisions are made. However, securing and conducting interviews with elites can often be challenging and disheartening. William Harvey, lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School, specializing on interviewing elites, shares his insights on the challenges one might face when arranging and conducting interviews ...


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