By Ashley Riley
As power is unevenly distributed in non-homogeneous societies, elites significantly influence political outcomes / events due to their strong strategic position. For example, according to Mills, there are 3 types of elite groups. These are political leaders, military leaders, and managers of large companies. These three groups form an elite class and share power. Because they share power, they are autonomous from society even in the application of law. Moreover, they also receive political and social support from the non-elite. But to be effective, they must be relatively autonomous from society. It is a view that is incompatible with the values of democracy.
An elite-dominated democracy may require voters to choose among elites rather than elect representatives. While it is argued that elite rule is inevitable, it is not a democratic result. Since elites can be autonomous from society, it does not fit the beginning of the “demos” of democracy. According to Mills, it is undesirable for democracy.We can see the opposite of Elite or Elite Theory intensely in Pluralism.
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