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Chapter 4: 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 the part of some European and American scholars, and at ...