Equality and Elites
Part of what is meant by saying that man is a political animal is that relationships of power and authority have always been characteristic of the human situation. It is one of the concerns of political theory to determine when government, or a political system, can be said to exist; whether relationships of power and authority are both necessary and sufficient for the existence of a political system. Robert A. Dahl, for example, is prepared to define a political system as ‘any persistent pattern of human relationships that involves, to a significant extent, power, rule, or authority’.1
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Notes and References
- 21.See the article on Michels by Juan J. Linz in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1968), Vol. 10.Google Scholar