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Political parties; a sociological study of the oligarchical tendencies of modern democracy.

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Robert Michels (1876-1936) was a German sociologist who wrote on the political behavior of intellectual elites and contributed to elite theory. He ... Show synopsis

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Nostradamus for beauracracies

by scuds on Apr 23, 2007

Michel, himself, a participant in the earliest, major socialist movement in Europe in the 18th century, describes the transition from a movement to a beauracracy (of the union movement in Europe). He describes for the first time "the iron laws of beauracies" and predicts the downfall of the USSR by the inevitable transition into an organization, which has as its primary goal the preservation of the privileges and security of the leaders of the organization. The clients of the organization exist to feed the organization. His predictions qualify him for a position on a pedestal next to Nostradamus and as a must read for any student of sociology.

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