The Governmental Elites in Post-Communist Romania

The Governmental Elites in Post-Communist RomaniaSorin BOCANCEA

Abstract: The author, Ciprian Iftimoaei, starts from explaining the etymology of the „elite” term, emphasizing the fact that the study of elites represents the geometrical point in which the sociology meets political science, reunited in a possible border discipline that we might call elitology. The fact that the society cannot be governed directly by the people is a reality that cannot be contested not even today. Ciprian Iftimoaei studied thoroughly the debate monism versus pluralism in researching elites, and defines the „elite” concept in relation to the correlative concepts („sub-elites”, „counter-elites”, „non-elites”) and presents a typology of elites based on fourteen classification criteria, focusing on describing the typology elaborated by John Higley in collaboration with other representatives of the democratic elitism (M. Dogan, M. Burton etc.).

Keywords: government, elites, post-communism.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18662/lumeneas.2015.0201.06

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