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Pluralism vs. the pessimism of the Competitive Elitists


  • Maja Zilih

    (The Open University of United Kingdom)


The investigation that attempts to answer the questions about how pluralism responded to the pessimism of the competitive elitists and whether the response is a convincing one in the following essay consists of identification and evaluation of the two significant approaches – competitive elitism and pluralism, as well as their critiques and alternatives. Firstly, the competitive elitist theory, and its ‘pessimistic views’ in relation to its representatives’ arguments are examined. Secondly, the departure from this approach is suggested by classical pluralist view of liberal democracy, and therefore, their theory is explored to some depth. Finally, the last part of the essay concentrates on the evaluation of the competitive elitist approach and of the pluralist response, in order to examine the validity of the two, as well as perhaps to suggest alternative views, such as neo-pluralist, or neo-Marxist arguments.

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  • Maja Zilih, 2000. "Pluralism vs. the pessimism of the Competitive Elitists," Others 0004009, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0004009
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    • P - Economic Systems
    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
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