Law of the Small Number

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.

Source:
Max Weber, Economy and Society, Guenther Roth and Claus Wittich, eds, 2 vols (London, 1978)

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