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Workshop "How Do Elites Influence Society?"

How do elites influence society?

Latin Encounter in Latin America


Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 10.00 - 13.00

Lateinamerika-Institut (LAI), FU Berlin, Raum: K03

Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56, 14197 Berlin


Despite the difficulties in accessing elites, and the low transparency of large companies and governments, the interest in studying elites has grown in recent years. After showing who the elites are and how they are organized, recent studies have taken up the concern pf finding out how elites influence society. How do they influence voter perceptions at the time of elections? How do elites react when they feel threatened by policies of redistribution of wealth? And when they fear that there may be a change or circulation of elites? What role do elites play in sustainable development? Are we in societies captured by the elites or do we live in times of marginalization of the elites?


The Elite Group in Latin America of the Freie Universität Berlin presents the following works-in-progress on the influence of elites in society:


Captured media in Costa Rica: the tropical Shangri-La is falling apart

Francisco Robles-Rivera (FU Berlin)


The threat of redistribution under democracy: Explaining income redistribution based on intersectoral relationships of the elites. The cases of Honduras and El Salvador

Diego Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)


Social Networks Analysis and Transnational Politics: The ego-networks perspective

Daniel Iglesias (Université de Lille III)


Networking for sustainability? How do business-state elite networks affect the development of redistributive institutions in Latin American countries?

Julián Cárdenas (FU Berlin)



Contacto: julian.cardenas@onlinebschool.com