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Marx or Mosca? An inquiry into the foundations of ideocratic regimes

Marx oder Mosca? Eine empirische Untersuchung der Fundamente ideokratischer Regime

Best, Heinrich


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Abstract "In John Higley's and Michael Burton's taxonomy of elite settings, 'ideocratic elites' are represented by regimes of the Soviet type. These regimes based their rule on an egalitarian ideology that legitimized inequalities as temporary abnormalities. According to Marx the abolition of private ownership of the means of production would ultimately lead to a classless society. Gaetano Mosca questioned this claim and argued that families would maintain and even strengthen their function in producing and reproducing a 'ruling class' (tantamount to the elite concept) in communist regimes. The present contribution examines these claims on the basis of GDR's Central Cadres Database. Comprehensive empirical evidence is provided supporting Mosca' s claim of a persistent impact of families in the formation and reproduction of communist elites." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter Marx, K.; elite; elite research; theory of society; theory formation; theory; social science; sociological theory; communism; private property; class society; political regime; GDR research; historical development; reproduction; social inequality; cadre; data bank; Socialist Unity Party of Germany (GDR); post-war society; National Socialist German Workers' Party
Klassifikation allgemeine Geschichte; Generelle Theorien der Sozialwissenschaften; politische Willensbildung, politische Soziologie, politische Kultur
Methode empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ; Grundlagenforschung; historisch; Theoriebildung
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2012
Seitenangabe S. 73-89
Zeitschriftentitel Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 1
Heftthema Elite foundations of social theory and politics / Elitetheoretische Grundlagen sozialwissenschaftlicher Theoriebildung und politischer Analyse
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.12759/hsr.37.2012.1.73-89
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht-kommerz.