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political class

political class

Political class, or political elite is a concept in comparative political science  and refers to the relatively small group of activists that is highly aware and active in politics, and from whom the national leadership is largely drawn. The presence or absence of a political class in a country depends on its history. The study of the political class by examining the mechanisms of reproduction and renewal of the ruling class, the characteristics of politicians, and the different forms of organization developed in their wielding of power. In cognitive and behavioural psychology, membership of any ‘elite’ group requires individuals to fulfill two criteria:
  • they often control the deployment of resources 
  • they often have large amounts of context-specific knowledge unavailable to non-elites

In such terms it is possible to delimit the political class as those holding formal political office, through which the institutions of politics have endowed them with:

  • an asymmetry of information as compared to the general public
  • the opportunity to advance their control over public resources through the career paths presented within the institution
  • they not only live for politics—like the old notables used to—but make their careers off politics as policy specialists and experts on specific fields of public administration
reference:, wikipedia

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