The non-governing elite is a concept in political science and sociology’s elite theory. Vilfredo Pareto believed there were two types of elites: the governing elites and the non-governing elites. Pareto supposed that the elite were elite because of psychological and intellectual superiority. The general theory focuses aroung the idea that there is a small minority of elites (either economically or politically) that hold the most power. A corporation is a good example of a non-governing elite. The term is suggestive that even though these elites do not officially govern in political positions they still have a lot of power. For instance I gave the example of a corporation. Corporations can form think tanks and lobby, so they are still very influential and powerful, but they are not directly governing people.
In political science and sociology, elite theory is a theory of the state which seeks the describe and explain the power relationships in society. The theory is a small minority, consisting of members of the economic elite and policy planning netweoks hold the most power and that power is independent of a state’s democratic elections process.
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