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Lecture 6

POL 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Bourgeoisie, Bonapartism, The Communist Manifesto


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL 1101
Professor
Matthew Paterson
Lecture
6

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POL1101 – Introduction to Political Science
October 6, 2015
Elitism – C Wright Mills
Response to pluralist tendencies in American thought
Claim that US is egalitarian, has no elites
Cold War US context - but no reason we can’t generalise from this
Claim that elites are an effect of institutional complexity
Growth of economic, military and political ‘pyramids’
Refusal of earlier elite claims that elites exist ‘naturally’
More attention to intertwining of state and economic elites than earlier elitism
Production of elite by educational and other institutions
Elite Pluralism
Convergence of pluralism and elitism
Plurality of groups
Internal elite organization of groups
Uneven playing field between groups
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Competitive Elitism
Response to problem of democracy by elitists
Schumpeter, Sartori
Competition between elites for mass legitmacy
Mostly via parties and elections
But limited: elites retain upper hand
Necessity, even virtue (Sartori) of leadersip
Control of information
Logic of organization (back to Michels)
Party competition radically constrains choice
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