Moderation through expertise: Functional elites and the politics of moderation in western Europe’s mid-twentieth century

Camilo Erlichman*

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Camilo erlichman explores the rise of experts in politics during the ‘long 1940s’ in western europe and its relation to the emergence of a politics of moderation in the immediate post-war era. He demonstrates how the collapse of effective central state authority and the breakdown of mass parliamentary politics allowed for the emergence of a range of influential expert groups operating beneath the level of the formal political process, creating a top-down reconfiguration of politics structured around experts who advanced discourses and practices of political moderation that were integral to the post-war model of democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Moderation in Modern European History
EditorsIdo de Haan, Matthijs Lok
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27415-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-27414-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

SeriesPalgrave Studies in Political History

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