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The Role of Elites in Economic Development$
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the late Alice H. Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, and James A. Robinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.001.0001

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Understanding the Dynamics of Elite Behaviour in a Development Context

Understanding the Dynamics of Elite Behaviour in a Development Context

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The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Alice H. Amsden

Alisa DiCaprio

Oxford University Press

The chapters in this book cover a number of key issues on how elites interact in the development project. However, this book is intended to take the literature just one step further. Many of the chapters detail new areas of inquiry and raise questions to be answered. While legitimacy of political elites is a frequent topic in political science and political sociology, there is much less work on non-governing elites. One of the biggest challenges faced by researchers remains the difficulty of bridging disciplines. There are many rich areas of research on elites, but in the absence of a common conceptual framework, the terminology, assumptions and samples of existing work make cross-disciplinary work challenging. This volume was an initial effort to move towards stitching together existing work and producing a cohesive theory of elites and economic development for the future.

Keywords:   theory of elites, economic development, political elite

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