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Elite Beliefs and the Theory of Democratic Elitism

Mark Peffley and Robert Rohrschneider

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0004

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 Elite Beliefs and the Theory of Democratic Elitism

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This article discusses the empirical evidence of four of the more controversial pillars of the democratic elitism thesis that has been defined by early studies. The review in this article further supports the survey studies that compare the elite and mass opinions in cross-national contexts. An assessment of the elitists' claims is conducted; the empirical evidence from three bodies of research is carefully evaluated.

Keywords: empirical evidence; democratic elitism thesis; early studies; elite opinions; mass opinions; cross-national contexts; elitists's claims

Article.  7029 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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