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Chapter 4: Elite Theory and ‘Democratic Elitism'
Elite Theory and ‘Democratic Elitism'
This chapter aims to provide a general view of élite theory. The chapter first presents a definition of the terms of élite theory and of democratic elitism. It subsequently considers some introductory works to this field of studies; it focuses on the contributions of classical élite theorists Mosca, Pareto, and Michels; and it briefly dwells on more recent representatives of élite theory such as Mannheim and Mills, in keeping with a distinction between the early and the more recent representatives of the elitist doctrine (cf. Parry, 2005, p. 28). It also hints at the reception of these authors on ...