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Elite Theory in Political Sociology

  title={Elite Theory in Political Sociology},
  author={John Higley},
Elite theory‟s origins lie most clearly in the writings of Gaetano Mosca (18581941), Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923), and Robert Michels (1876-1936). Mosca emphasized the ways in which tiny minorities out-organize and outwit large majorities, adding that “political classes” – Mosca‟s term for political elites – usually have “a certain material, intellectual, or even moral superiority” over those they govern (1923/1939, 51). Pareto postulated that in a society with truly unrestricted social mobility… 
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