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

@article{Piano2019RevisitingDE,
  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},
  year={2019},
  volume={81},
  pages={524 - 538}
}
  • Natasha Piano
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Contemporary political science has fetishized a product of its own invention: the elite theory of democracy. American political science’s understanding of “democratic elitism” is founded on a fundamental misreading of the Italian School of Elitism and Joseph Schumpeter’s political thought. This essay historicizes the early phases of the interpretive tradition known as democratic elitism, represented by the following authors: (1) Gaetano Mosca, Vilfredo Pareto, Robert Michels, (2) Joseph… CONTINUE READING
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