democratic élitism

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democratic élitism

the theory that democratic participation in complex modern societies will inevitably be mainly restricted to participation in periodic elections for political leaders. As such, democratic élitism is another term for PLURAL ÉLITISM. The theory of democratic élitism has been challenged by those (for example, Bachrach, 1967) who emphasize the possibility of a ‘developmental participation’ that expands democratic capacities. See also DEMOCRACY, ÉLITE, ÉLITE THEORY.
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15; Peter Bachrach, The Theory of Democratic Elitism (New York: Little, Brown, 1967); and Held, Models of Democracy, pp.
Noting that Arendt was no friend of mass democracy, Isaac plays her elitist and democratic sides off one another to tease out what he believes is a truly democratic elitism.
What took place between the 1970s and the early 1990s that caused Huntington, a proponent of democratic elitism, to shift from despair to triumphalism?
Key, which in turn inspired so much of the scholarship on democratic elitism, the concept of the elite was "understood in curiously apolitical terms" - outside the institutional context of politics and independent of the party system (p.
Similarly, a section on "The Science of Liberal Politics" echoes the analysis of Bachrach's earlier The Theory of Democratic Elitism (1967; now sadly out of print).
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