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John Higley

Professor Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Professor, Department of Sociology
John Higley



Professor Higley's interests include general comparative politics, political sociology, and the comparative study of political elites. He has written extensively about elite theory and analysis. Having been chair of the Government Dept. between 2001- 2006, he is currently chair of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee on Political Elites. As director of the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, which Professor Higley founded in 1988, he also writes about domestic, security, foreign and trade policy issues in those countries and how they affect U.S. relations with them (e.g., Elites in Australia, 1979; The Challenge of NAFTA: North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the World Trade Regime, 1993; "Australia: The Politics of Becoming a Republic," 2000; "The U.S.-Australia Alliance: An American Political Perspective," 2006).

Recent Publications:
Elites and Democratic Consolidation in Latin America and Southern Europe, 1992; Elites, Crises, and the Origins of Regimes, 1998; Post-communist Elites and Democracy in Eastern Europe, 1998;  Elites after State Socialism, 2000; Elite Foundations of Liberal Democracy, 2006.

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