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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES, 5.4 SOCIOLOGY, 5.6 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Elites and their formation have become a matter of increasing public concern and research interest in recent years. The lessons from such research can be made more generalisable if a measure of elite formation could be developed that is comparable across different elite formation systems, whether they differ by elite, time or country. But, the nature of elite formation renders this a complex task. Nevertheless, in this article, by building upon measures employed in other fields such as industrial economics, indices are constructed that facilitate the comparison of elite formation systems. This is illustrated through a comparison of the schooling of Irish and British cabinet ministers.
O’Rourke, B., Hogan, J. and Donnelly, P. (2015) Developing an Elite Formation Index for Comparative Elite Studies: The Schooling of Irish and UK Cabinet Ministers. Politics, 35(1): 3–18. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9256.12071