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The Europe of ElitesA Study into the Europeanness of Europe's Political and Economic Elites$

Heinrich Best, György Lengyel, and Luca Verzichelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602315.001.0001

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  • Heinrich Best is Professor of Sociology at the University of Jena and co‐director of the multidisciplinary collaborative Research Centre, ‘Societal Developments after the End of State Socialism: Discontinuity, Tradition and the Emergence of New Structures’, funded by the German Science Foundation. He was also co-director of the Scientific Network, ‘European Political Elites in Comparison: The Long Road to Convergence’ (EURELITE), funded by the European Science Foundation. He has published 29 books and 114 journal and book contributions as primary author and editor. His recent publications include Elites in Transition: Elite Research in Central and Eastern Europe (1997, with V. Becker), Parliamentary Representatives in Europe 1848–2000 (2000, with M. Cotta), Democratic Representation in Europe (2007, with M. Cotta), and Democratic Elitism: New Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (2010, with J. Higley).

  • Nicolò Conti is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Unitelma Sapienza University of Rome and Research Fellow at the University of Siena. His most recent publications include ‘Tied hands? Italian Political Parties and Europe’, in N. Conti, F. Tronconi, and C. Roux (eds), Parties and Voters in Italy: The Challenges of Multi-level Competition (2009), and European Citizenship in the Eyes of National Elites: A South European View, co-edited with M. Cotta and P. Tavares De Almeida (2010).

  • Maurizio Cotta is professor of political science in the University of Siena and formerly president of the Italian Political Science Association. He is visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the European University Institute of Fiesole, the IEPs of Lille and Paris, the Central European University of Budapest and the Minda de Günzburg Center for European Studies of Harvard University. His main interests are in the field of the comparative study of political elites and political institutions and of Italian politics. He is author or co‐author and co‐editor of Parliaments and Democratic Consolidation in Southern Europe (Printer 1990), Party and Government (1996), The Nature of Party Government (Palgrave 2000), Parliamentary Representatives in Europe (Oxford University Press 2000), Democratic Representation. Diversity, Change and Convergence (Oxford University Press 2007), Political Institutions of Italy (Oxford University Press 2007), and Democracia, Partidos e Elites Politicas (Livros Horizonte 2008). He has coordinated the Sixth Framework Programme Integrated Research Project IntUne (2005–2009).

  • Alejandro Ecker is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Department of Government, University of Vienna. His research interests include coalition politics, political representation, and government survival.

  • (p.xvi) Daniel Gaxie is Professor of Political Sociology and Methodology at the University Paris 1 (the Pantheon-Sorbonne) within the Department of Political Science of the Sorbonne. His works include Le cens cache (The Hidden Disfranchisement; 3rd edn 1993), La Démocratie représentative (4th edn 2003), and L’Europe des Européens (in collaboration, 2010).

  • Borbala Göncz is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her research focuses on attitudes towards the European Union in Hungary, its different factors of influence, and European identity among the elites and the general public. She is co-author (with G. Lengyel) of ‘Integration and Identity: How do Hungarian Social Groups Evaluate European Integration and Supranational Identity?’, in Hegedűs István (ed.), The Marching In of the Hungarians––A Member State in the Enlarging European Union (2007).

  • Nicolas Hubé is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Deputy Dean of the Political Science Department at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is also a Research Fellow at the European Centre for Sociology and Political Science of the Sorbonne (CESSP, UMR CNRS 8209) at the same University. His main research focus is on political sociology and political communication. He has recently co-edited (with Muriel Rambour) French Political Parties in Campaign (19892004): A Configurational Analysis of Political Discourses on Europe, and (with D. Gaxie, M. de Lassalle, and J. Rowell) Citizen Perceptions of Europe: A Comparative Sociology of European Attitudes (2011).

  • Stefan Jahr is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jena. His main research interests are political elites and methods of elite surveying. Two of his recent publications are Career Pattern and Career Intentions of German MPs (with H. Best and L. Vogel), and Political Careers in Europe: Career Patterns in Multi-Level System (co-edited with M. Edinger).

  • Marcelo Jenny is Assistant Professor at the Department of Government, University of Vienna. He has published on party competition, legislative behaviour, and electoral mobility in Austrian and international books and journals. He is co-author of Die österreichischen Abgeordneten: Persönliche Präferenzen und politisches Handeln (2001). His most recent publication is From the Europeanization of Lawmaking to the Europeanization of National Legal Orders: The Case of Austria (with W.C. Müller, 2010).

  • Miguel Jerez Mir is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Granada. He is also responsible for the Andalusian Research Group in Political Science, co-responsible for Spain in the Project INTUNE, and director of the research project Análisis dinámico de las carreras políticas en el sistema político español. He has written extensively on interest groups, political and economic elites in contemporary Spain, and political science as a discipline. His publications include three single-authored books: Elites políticas y centros de extracción en España, 1938–1957 (1982), Corporaciones e intereses en España (1995), and Ciencia política, un balance de fin de siglo (1999).

  • Mladen Lazić is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Philosophy at Belgrade University. His main research interests are: elite studies, social structure, post-socialist (p.xvii) transformation and social movements, and social change. He has published and edited books on social stratification, elites, social change, and post-socialist transformation, including Protest in Belgrade (1999), and scholarly articles such as ‘The Nation State and the EU in the Perceptions of Political and Economic Elites: The Case of Serbia in Comparative Perspective’ (2009) with V. Vuletic.

  • György Lengyel is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest and was the President of the Hungarian Sociological Association in 2006. He has coordinated the Hungarian enterprise panel survey, and participated in FP5 and FP6 EC projects dealing with the social impacts of European integration. He has published several books and articles. His most recent publications include ‘Security, Trust, and Cultural Resources (with Béla Janky), in S.M. Koniordos (ed.) Networks, Trust, and Social Capital (2005), ‘Symbolic and pragmatic aspects of European identity’ (with Göncz Borbála, 2006), and A magyar gazdasági elit társadalmi összetétele a 20. század végén (The Social Composition of the Hungarian Economic Elite at the End of the 20th Century) (2007).

  • Irmina Matonytė is senior researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Vilnius, Lithuania, and coordinator of the Framework 6 project IntUne since 2006. She is also Professor attached to the programmes ‘European Studies’ and ‘Democracy and Civil Society’ at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (exiled from Belarus in 2004). She has published over 20 articles (in Lithuanian, French, and English) and contributed chapters to edited volumes on political leadership and elites, women in politics, and civil society in post-communist Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, and Moldova.

  • Vaidas Morkevičius is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he has worked in the Framework 6 project IntUne since 2005. He also specializes in ‘Methods of Social Research’ at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Kaunas University of Technology. His main research focus is on the study of parliamentary debates (content analysis) in post-communist Lithuania. He is also involved in the EU structural funds supported project of the e-resource development (academic database creation in Lithuania).

  • Wolfgang C. Müller is Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Vienna, and director of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES). His research interests include political representation, delegation relationships, government coalitions, political parties, and political institutions in Europe. Of his many publications, the most recent include Cabinets and Coalition Bargaining (co-edited with Kaare Strøm and Torbjörn Bergman, 2010) and From the Europeanization of Lawmaking to the Europeanization of National Legal Orders: the Case of Austria, (2010) with M. Jenny.

  • José Real-Dato is Lecturer in Political Science and Administration at the University of Almería. His research interests focus on the study of the careers of Spanish political elites, the theory of policy change, and Spanish and European research training policies. His most recent publications include ‘Mechanisms of Policy Change: A Proposal for a Synthetic Explanatory Framework’, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (2009), and (p.xviii) (with M. Jerez-Mir) ‘Cabinet Dynamics in Democratic Spain (1977–2008)’, in K. Dowding and P. Dumont (eds), The Selection of Ministers in Europe: Hiring and Firing (2009).

  • Federico Russo is a post-doctoral fellow at CIRCaP at the University of Siena. He holds a PhD in Comparative and European Politics from the University of Siena and is currently working on several research projects at the ‘Centre for the Study of Political Change’ (University of Siena). His research interests include the comparative study of legislative assemblies and representative roles with a special focus on Western European countries.

  • Rafael Vázquez-García is currently Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Granada, Spain, and Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, LSE. His research focuses particularly on the study of political identity in the EU integration process and the perceptions of political and economic elites towards the EU, on civil society, political leadership, and elites. His most recent publications include ‘In and Out Civil Society: Mapping the Civic Attitudes of Europeans through the European Social Survey’, Comparative Social Research (2009), and (with M. Jerez and J. Real) ‘Identity and Representation in Political Elite Perception: Analytical Evidences from a Comparison between Southern and Central-Eastern Europe’, Europe-Asia Studies (2009).

  • Luca Verzichelli is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Siena. He is currently chief editor of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica. His main research interests are political elites and parliamentary institutions in Europe. Recent publications as author or co-author include Parliamentary Representatives in Europe (2000), Parlamento (2003), A Critical Juncture? The 2004 European Elections and the Making of a Supranational Elite (2005), L’Europa in Italia (2005), Democratic Representation in Europe (2007), Political Institutions of Italy (2007), and several articles in Italian and English.

  • Vladimir Vuletić is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Sociology of Globalization in the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade. His research focuses on political and business elites, youth, and public opinion from an international perspective. He is co-author (with M. Lazic) of The Nation State and the EU in the Perceptions of Political and Economic Elites: The Case of Serbia in Comparative Perspective (2009).