In the present work, the most fundamental problems of elitism as a political theory are considered in the historical, logical and political sense. Initially, the subject focuses on some fundamental theoretical and methodological aspects, which first "clear" part of the false and unscientific perceptions of the notions of "power", "class", "elite", "oligarchy," etc., on the basis of which their scientific definitions are derived. In this context, the notions of "political class" and "political elite" have been subjected to precise theoretical analysis and rationalization, whose essential dimensions – from the essence and structure to their classifications – are also the main objective of the current research. Besides, the analysis is unfolded by the ancient ideas of the elite through the Renaissance to contemporary theories of neoelitarianism. Some understandings about the political elite and state leadership are also criticized. A special place is devoted to the political oligarchy as an important theoretical phenomenon, which does not yet have any significant theoretical attention. The book is intended for scholars, experts, public figures, politicians, journalists and others.
Georgi Lyubenov Manolov, Professor, Doctor of Political Sciences, President and Rector of the Higher School of Security and Economics – Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His research is in the field of political science, political marketing, contemporary state, elections and electoral systems, etc. He is a trusted lecturer at the University of National and World.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
political elite, political class, political oligarchy, ruling class, plutocracy, views of the elite, ideas of the elite, elite theories, leadership in politics, political strata
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General