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Global and National Political Elites in South America: Limited Transnationalization Processes and the Persistence of Inequality

  • Alejandro Pelfini
Part of the Frontiers of Globalization Series book series (FOG)

Abstract

The rise of global elites due to a growth in transnational relations has been a claim of many rash globalization-based theories. The assumption is made that the growing interdependence and circulation of goods and symbols has intensified transnational contacts among upper-echelon leaders. As a result, these rising elites would tend to have more in common and share a similar social repertoire with like-minded individuals across national boarders than with competing leadership groups in their respective countries (Kanter 1995; Sklair 2001). However, many studies have shown that even with the internationalization of universities, MBAs, airport VIP lounges and vacations to exclusive resorts by both established and rising elites, their fixation with national borders has hardly changed. Many aspects of elite reproduction, including the recruiting of members and group legitimation, focus exclusively on citizens of the elites’ own nation-states (Hartmann 2003).

Keywords

Global Economic Crisis Group Legitimation Active Minority Postcolonial Period Transnational Relation 
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