Elite Transformation in Advanced Industrial Societies

  title={Elite Transformation in Advanced Industrial Societies},
  author={Robert D. Putnam},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={383 - 412}
  • R. Putnam
  • Published 1 October 1977
  • Economics
  • Comparative Political Studies
w h o will rule tomorrow, as our societies move into the advanced stages of industrialism and beyond? How, if at all, will tomorrow’s decision makers differ from today’s? For more than a century the most influential theory of elite transformation in advanced industrial society has posited the emergence of “technocracy,” defined by Webster’s with admirable simplicity as “government by technicians.” At a moment when both America and the Soviet Union are led by men trained as engineers, and the… 

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