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The Elite Connection - Problems and Potential of Western Democracy


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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.



About the Author

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).

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