Essay about Power Elite

1393 Words Jan 6th, 2009 6 Pages
The Power Elite In the modern world, most of the countries have democratic government, which means that decisions are made by the people, who rule and govern the state. However, there is not a single state that practices perfect democracy due to different reasons. Governments are too big, which makes it very complex for every citizen to have a voice in decisions. Or, governments are claimed to be democratic, but in practice they can be close to authoritarian or even totalitarian regimes where one person has a power to make and enforce laws. Political power is not allocated evenly among all members of society, so, in this or that way, governments tend to fall in the hands of the few, whom we can call the elite or the power elite. …show more content…
According to this theory any organization has a tendency to oligarchy - the rule by the few. C Wright Mills analyzes this theory closely in his book the Power Elite. He argues that America is ruled by the upper class elite that hold power monopoly and has a control over resources like wealth, education, executive and legal exercise.[4] He describes it as the model of pyramid. On the top are the dominant power elite, who control the government and possess monopoly over the power, in the middle level - leaders of special interest groups and legislative branch of the government, and on the bottom are the masses of average men and women or the powerless public. The power of the dominant elite group comes from the control of top positions in political and economic hierarchy. Mills divides the hierarchy of the power elite into three parts: the higher circles, the chief executives, and the warlords.[5] Together they make an interlocking circle. The politicians from higher circles get the financial support from the corporations and spend a lot of money on defense – the warlords, who in turn spend big amount of money with corporations on politicians and so on. In the higher circles, the elite has a control over influential job positions in government, finance, industry and education, thus changing their

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