The introduction provides a comprehensive outline of the conceptual and core
chapters, and an explanation as to how they substantiate the arguments made
in this book. The arguments deployed are developed by a theoretical
framework which clarifies the key concepts. The conceptual chapters on
political elites and sovereignty are followed by a series of chronologically
based chapters which provide supporting evidence for the main conclusion.
The introduction includes a brief synopsis of the chapters, offering a
description of what each chapter specifically focuses on. This includes the
particular aspects of each chapter to be discussed and an explanation of how
the issues raised will be examined and addressed. In addition, the
introduction explains the role of the trajectories that are instrumental in
assisting the substantiation of the books’ central argument.