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Researching Power, Elites and Leadership
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Researching Power, Elites and Leadership


June 2012 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This exciting new text consolidates the how's and why's of researching powerful people.

Written by a leading authority in the field, this book introduces the reader to a significant area of methodology, and provides a research-based contribution to elite and leadership studies. It offers a truly international perspective that will appeal to those studying and working with elites in a variety of contexts.

Useful features include:

  • A variety of case studies and examples linked to over 1000 sources and resources
  • Extensive use of figures throughout the text to illustrate key points
  • Templates and models for planning and presentations

The book promotes a practical future-oriented approach to support and inspire academic, professional and civil society researchers at all levels. It introduces new research frameworks and facilitates critical techniques through Critical Process Analysis.

This is a must-have resource and an excellent new addition to the field of elite and leadership studies.


 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Why Research Powerful People?
 
Who the Book Is for
 
Key Concepts
 
How the Book Was Researched
 
A Quick Guide to the Book
 
The Chapters
 
PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING
 
Origins
Anthropology  
History  
Philosophy  
Up-System Research  
 
Theory
Power  
Elites  
Leadership  
Populace  
Critique  
 
PART THREE: DOING
 
Literature
Searching  
Reviewing  
Topics  
 
Planning
Design  
Focus  
Problematization  
Definitions  
Access  
Integrity  
 
Frameworks
Direct  
Indirect  
Networks and Systems  
 
Data
Sources  
Selection  
Testing  
 
PART FOUR: USING
 
Analysis
Comparison  
Causation  
Consistency  
Contra-Arguments  
Common Sense  
Critical Process Analysis  
Conceptualization  
Outcomes  
Reporting  
Presentation  
Influencing Change  
 
Appendices - Tools and Templates for Research Planning
Mapping a case study within a conceptual framework  
Linking the elements of a research study  
A basic research design  
A basic Gantt chart  
Achieving focus at, or across, specific levels  
Systematic links from topic to data collection  
Making distinctions between elite and leadership roles  
Explaining the focus of a study  
Standard research frameworks  
Relating basic questions to frameworks and information sources  
Comparing journalistic and academic approaches to access  
Instruments to implement power  
The structure of a press release  
Glossary  
Internet Sources  
References  

This is an excellent and timely addition to the literature on elites and I would strongly recommend this book to those who are new to this field and are looking for a thorough overview of elites as well as practical guidance on researching, analysing and publishing on this group
William Harvey
The University of Sydney Business School


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