The first monograph of the new series on contemporary history edited by Unicopli (Milan)is dedicated to the technical élites who played a major role in the politics of the States in the XX century. Social sciences, especially sociology and political sciences, have broadly analyzed this subject, with a particular attention for Latin American neo-liberal policies of the eighties and for the U.S. management. The series intends to promote a historical debate on it, collecting essays that, for one side, can update the debate on the categories of “technicians” and “technocrats” and, on the other side, can offer an overview of the different forms of technocrats or technicians acting in European or extra-European areas. We welcome studies focusing on the mechanisms explaining the political legitimization of these élites and their contribution to the political and economic changes of the country involved.
The contributions are conceived as being either a) analysis of particular figures of technicians and technocrats; b) studies on the political and economic models these actors promoted; c) studies presenting an international or transnational perspective (international economic advisors and their interaction with local élites).
The texts will be published in Italian, but authors can send their papers also in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. The translation is in charge of the editor. Papers should not exceed 30,000 characters (including citations and footnotes), spaces included. Applicants should send a brief abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August 2012. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 September 2012. Successful applicants will be expected to email their papers by 15 December 2012. The publication is expected for Spring 2013.
The new series on contemporary history edited by Unicopli (Milan) aims to explore new historiographical debates and new approaches with a supranational perspective. In a world of fluid forms, the study of history cannot be restrained to its own categories, dealing with time and space, but must adopt a complex vision and interact with the other social sciences, such as economics, sociology, anthropology, visual and literary arts. Our ambition is to show the reader the many ways of doing and reading history, seeking to be the starting point for new debates on the paths of historiographical research.
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