The Color of Power: Race, Gender and Color Dynamics Among the Global Elite with Kevin Young, Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

18 Octobre, 2021 - 13:00 - 14:30

Seminar MaxPo/CEE

Sciences Po, Zoom, compulsory registration

Social scientists know a great deal about how race, gender and skin colour effect social stratification within the general population, but they lack knowledge about how these dynamics operate among elites. I examine the diversity of global elites through a network analysis of the board members of large corporations, think tanks, international organizations, private foundations, non-governmental organizations, and transnational policy planning groups – about 250 different large, globally prominent organizations in total. This project aims to provide the first descriptive picture of how global elite networks are stratified in terms of race, gender and skin colour and how these networks have been changing over time. In terms of internal dynamics, I evaluate the compensation hypothesis which states that individuals who attain prominent positions who do not share the dominant group characteristics have other compensating traits that ensure greater psychological security to incumbent elites, such as elite education or lighter skin tone.


Kevin Young, Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,


Bruno Cousin, Sciences Po, CEE

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