Revisiting Democratic Elitism: The Italian School of Elitism, American Political Science, and the Problem of Plutocracy

  title={Revisiting Democratic Elitism: The Italian School of Elitism, American Political Science, and the Problem of Plutocracy},
  author={Natasha Piano},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={524 - 538}
  • Natasha Piano
  • Published 16 January 2019
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
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