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The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Project name/title
The Role of Elites in Economic Development
Year:
2008
Theme:
Development and Finance
Abstract:
Their influence of elites in politics, government, business, and the media profoundly influences the direction of economic and social activities. In some countries, the preferences of elites are closely aligned with the national interest. Elsewhere their predation is a major source of development failure. This project will examine the formation of elites and their impact on development outcomes. Topics will include the means by which elite status is attained; the ways power is exercised; and the extent to which the personal goals of elites are consistent with national objectives.
Director:
Assistant:

Alisa DiCaprio, Research Fellow and Conference Coordinator

Janis Vehmaan-Kreula, Project Assistant

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