Introduction.Part I: Elites and Classes: Bringing Elites Back In.
1. Why Class Theory has Overshadowed Elite Theory: A Matter of Coincidence.
2. Why Class Theory Should not have Overshadowed Elite Theory: A Matter of Democracy.Part II: The Autonomy of Elites and Western thought.
3. Democratic Elite Theory.
4. Other Theories: A Comparison.Part III: The Demo-Elite Perspective.
5. The Autonomy of Elites and Democracy.
6. Elite Autonomy Versus Co-operation and the Historical Development of Democracy.Part IV: The Autonomy of Elites and the Success (or Failure) of Democracy.
7. Stabilization Versus Breakdown of Democracy: The Cases of Britain and Germany.
8. Problems of Transition to Democracy in eastern Europe: The Cases of the Soviet Union and Poland.Part V: Meanwhile in the West: Problems and Potential of Democracy.
9. Elite Autonomy Under Siege and Problems of Western Democracy.
10. Social Protest Movements and the Potential of Western Democracy.
Eva Etzioni-Halevy is the author of several previous books including Bureaucracy and Democracy (Routledge and Kegan Paul, revised edition, 1985); The Knowledge Elite and the Failure of Prophecy (George Allen & Unwin, 1985); and Fragile Democracy (Transaction Publishers, 1989).