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Liquid leaders and networks
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Many of the sources of modern-day elite power have changed. Leaders don't all have exclusive educations, stockpiles of money, established old-boys' clubs and secure jobs. But they do possess alternative resources: secrecy and invisibility, access to expert knowledge, connections with new flexible networks and, above all, mobility. Mobility offers the possibility of leaders leveraging their assets, their contacts, knowledge and wealth. For leaders, can-kicking is a regular temptation. In classic studies of elites in the past, formal board networks were deemed to hold a key role in linking leaders across business. An 'inner circle', or elite of the business elite, sat on a number of executive boards and provided a powerful tool of influence. For some decades, globalisation has been promoted as a positive force by elites everywhere.

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Reckless opportunists

Elites at the end of the Establishment


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