Discipline: Political Science, Sociology
Theory of the German social scientist Max Weber (1864-1920) regarding the influence of small groups in key positions.
'The ruling minority can quickly reach understanding among its members; it is thus able at any time quickly to initiate that rationally organized action which is necessary to preserve its position of power.'
A concise statement of practical elitism.
Max Weber, Economy and Society, Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich, eds, 2 vols (London, 1978)