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Elites and Trans-Atlantic Crisis: A Symposium, 2012

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University of Texas at Austin, 2-4 April, 2012
Tom Lea Rooms, 3rd Floor Humanities Research Center

Monday 2 April: Elites in the Context of Crisis

9:00-9:15: Welcoming Remarks
John Higley, IPSA Research Committee on Political Elites
Douglas Biow, Director, UT Center for European Studies

9:15-10:30: European Elites and Crisis in Wide Compass
Chair: Daniel Gaxie, University of Paris I

European Political Elites: Limits of Crisis Resolution in a Limitless Crisis
Heinrich Best, University of Jena

Facing the Crisis: The Variable Geometry of the European Elite System
Maurizio Cotta, University of Siena

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:15:  American Elites and Crisis in Wide Compass
Chair: Gwen Moore

Why Can't Corporate Capitalists be Keynesians? The Issue is Power, not Economics
G. William Domhoff, University of California, Santa Cruz

Elites, Crisis, and Postindustrial Problems of Work in the United States
Michael Burton, Loyola College, and John Higley, University of Texas

12:15-1:45: Lunch Break

1:45-3:00: Elites and Crisis in Central Eastern Europe
Chair: Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, MIGM University, Moscow

Czech and Slovak Elites 20 Years after the Velvet Divorce:
Divergence on the European Question
Sona Szomolanyi, Comenius University, Bratislava

Political and Economic Elites in Hard Times: The Hungarian Case
György Lengyel, Corvinus University, Budapest

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-4:45: Russian Elites as Spectators of Crisis?
Chair: David Lane

Russian Elites and Political Crisis
Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University

Transformations of Post-Soviet Elites and Human Capital
Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, MIGM University, Moscow

4:45-5:00: Summarizing the Day
John Higley

Tuesday 3 April: Conceptual and Research Issues

9:00-9:15: Organizing the Day's Activities
John Higley

9:15-10:30: Elites and Classes
Chair: Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania, Hobart

Structure and Agency: The Hidden Methodological Parallels between Pareto and Marx
Joseph Femia, Liverpool University

The De-Coupling of National Political Elites from National Classes under Neo-Liberal Globalization
David Lane, Cambridge University

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:15: Elites and Publics: More Distant or More Near?
Chair: G. William Domhoff, University of California, Santa Cruz

Machiavellians or "Homeboys"? On Elite Manipulation and Cultural Constraints
Jean-Pascal Daloz, University of Strasbourg

Political Leadership in Times of Citizen Unrest
Ursula Hoffmann-Lange, University of Bamberg

12:15-1:45: Lunch Break

1:45-3:00: Elite Solidarities
Chair: Antonio Costa-Pinto, University of Lisbon

Power Elite or Elite Power?
Fredrik Engelstad, University of Oslo

Programmatic Elites in an Organizational State: French Health Policy Since 1981
William Genieys, University of Montpellier (with Patrick Hassenteufel)

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-4:45: Elite Recruitment: Modalities and Perturbations
Chair: Heinrich Best

Continuity and Changes in Political Recruitment: The French Case
Daniel Gaxie, University of Paris 1

The Shift to Technocratic and Non-Partisan Ministers in European Democracies: Lessons from Portugal
Antonio Costa-Pinto, University of Lisbon
Pedro Tavares de Almeida, Nova University, Lisbon

4:45-5:00: Summarizing the Day
John Higley

Wednesday Morning 4 April: Elites and Crisis Reconsidered

9:00-10:15: Elite Uncertainties Amid Crisis
Chair: Michael Burton, Loyola College, Baltimore

Ambivalence Towards Crisis Leadership: Follower and Leader Perspective in the U.K.
Alasdair Marshall, University of Southampton

National Elite Networks in the United States: Visible and Invisible
Gwen Moore, State University of New York, Albany

10:15-10:45: Coffee Break

10:45-11:30: Symposium Conclusions
Chair: Ursula Hoffmann-Lange, University of Bamberg

Trans-Atlantic Crisis and the Elite Perspective
John Higley, University of Texas, and Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania

11:30-12:00: Discussion of IPSA-Madrid and Publication of Symposium Papers

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break 

1:00: Symposium Concludes

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