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Elites at the end of the Establishment

This book surveys the elite state of play in Britain as it is now. It argues that the Establishment, as it has been conceived, is coming to an end. The book looks at how elites, by trying to get ahead, have destabilised the very institutions on which their power is based. It also looks at how leaders have adapted to get to the top. Those most suited to pleasing their assessors get there first. The book reveals some of the ways elites use to stay at the top once they get there. It looks at the secrets and lies that underpin elite power and control. Some are systematic and organised, and some are simply the lies leaders tell themselves. The book shows how leadership has been transformed into a numbers game because numbers can be tallied up in a way that ideas cannot. And because elites co-create the game, they can also change the rules as and when they need to. The book focuses on exit strategies and how canny elites survive when it all goes wrong. It briefly explores what solutions there might be to the current problems of leadership.

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Aeron Davis

Britain, I feel that many of the issues and similarities discussed are more universal across the top tiers. Whenever I give a talk on these issues, inevitably people come up and tell me how it describes their experiences of leaders in other occupations and countries. The book is organised in four parts. Part I surveys the elite state of play in Britain as it is now. Chapter 1 argues that the Establishment, as it has been conceived, is coming to an end. Chapter 2 looks at how elites, by trying to get ahead, have destabilised the very

in Reckless opportunists
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Controversies over gaps within EU crisis management policy
Roger Mac Ginty
Sandra Pogodda
, and
Oliver P. Richmond

, institutionalised perspectives rarely managed to move beyond elite, state and institutional level prerogatives, goals and constraints. Moreover, EU crisis intervention is characterised by contradictory trends according to the chapter by Peters, Ferhatovic, Heinemann and Sturm, resulting from turf wars between the different EU foreign and security policy institutions. This means that there is an acute tension

in The EU and crisis response

activities. Another member of the party elite stated that for us, [Bossi's illness] was a big drama. However, I have to admit that in that period the Lega demonstrated its ability to remain united … Senior party members … were able to come together and discuss … They were able to develop unitary positions. This is the proof that Bossi had contributed to creating a leading class within the party and we could move forward. (Interview with National Representative 1

in Populism in Europe
Roger Mac Ginty
Paula Banerjee

development. Many such interventions are Keynesian in the extreme and involve large transfers of funds from governments in the global north to states coming out of civil war. These funds, however, rarely go to social welfare and instead are often directed towards national elites, state security apparatus, debt repayment and overseas consultants. Indeed, by tracking the financial flows from national development aid organisations we can argue that they do engage in welfare, but the Peace via social justice and/or security 119 welfare is directed back to the home

in Cultures of governance and peace
The post-9/ 11 global security regime and the securitization of civil society
Richard McNeil- Willson
Scott N. Romaniuk

security, with several actors now implicated in the advancement of counter-terror interests – a categorization Earl determines as constituting: state agents with tight ties to national elites; state agents with loose ties to national elites; and non-state, or private agents (Earl, 2011 ) – all with overlapping security interests. Such partnerships are framed as necessities for

in Counter-terrorism and civil society
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Rhys Crilley

Nuclear Posture Review set out the official American nuclear weapons strategy, and what state leaders like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Rishi Sunak, and Joe Biden say about nuclear weapons matters because they are the people who have the authority to launch their states’ nuclear weapons. Even so, a focus only on elite, state-level issues and sources provides a partial account of what shapes and characterises each nuclear age. If different nuclear ages are socially constructed then we need to understand how this occurs in and through places beyond the realm

in Unparalleled catastrophe
Countering violent extremism in Nigeria
Akinyemi Oyawale

adaptations. The Copenhagen School’s main contribution to security studies can be summarised as four main claims: first, rather than a thing, security is (re-)conceptualised as discursively produced via speech acts (Buzan and Wæver 2009 ); second, while a variety actors can make these speech acts or securitising moves, elite state actors are often prioritised, thus it prioritises mid-level actors in

in Vulnerability
Jeremy C.A. Smith

expressions of tempered behaviour supplanted the combination of explicit violence with the structuring of economic 37 Currents and perspectives 37 life. Moreover, monetarisation enabled large-​scale taxation, a precondition of centralised governance. Each tendency was dependent on the other. The emphasis on process was not all. He developed a relational notion of power well before Foucault or Bourdieu did (Arnason, 2015). Power is not a quantified capacity waiting to be seized, but rather is intrinsic to the interaction and conflict of groups, classes and elites. State

in Debating civilisations
Clara Eroukhmanoff

. Focusing on elite/state practices tends to reproduce a world that can only be made by powerful actors, rather than ‘of our making’ (Onuf 1989 ). Why should researchers emphasise practices that are already out there for everyone to see? Is the work of social scientists to make visible what is already dominant? Should the work of security analysts not seek instead to make visible the everyday practices that resist power? For it is by recognising exceptional practices as exceptional and essentially as what is important to study that power is reified and sustained. Drawing

in The securitisation of Islam