Browsing by Subject "sociology of elites"

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  • Ojala, Markus Mikael (University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research, 2017)
    Publications of the Faculty of Social Sciences
    Recent decades have seen an increase in the number of international forums and media that focus on current issues of the world economy and politics. They bring decision-makers from the spheres of politics, business and administration into a common conversation, and connect powerful individuals around the globe. This study defines these institutions as spaces for transnational elite communication (TEC) and examines their relevance in the processes of global economic integration and governance. Focusing on the World Economic Forum and the Financial Times as influential spaces for TEC, the study observes how they enable the powerful to network, develop shared ideas about the economy and negotiate differences between competing interests. Facilitating the definition of the values and principles of the globalising elite, international business-policy forums and media emerge as key pillars of the liberal international order.