What is elite?

  • (noun): A group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status.
    Synonyms: elite group
    See also — Additional definitions below


An elite in political and sociological theory, is a small group of people who control a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power.

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Pluralism (political Theory) - Elite Pluralism
... This observation formed the basis for elite pluralism ... This modified pluralism accounts for elements of elite theory and was advanced by scholars such as E.E ...
Elite - Impacts On Economy
... The wide range of financial and social capital accessible to the power elite gives their members heavy influence in economic and political decision making, allowing them to move toward ... Sociologist Christopher Doob gives a hypothetical alternative stating that these elite individuals would consider themselves the overseers of the national economy ...
Elite Police - Organization
... The Elite Police Force is headed by the Additional Inspector-General of Police, Elite Police Force, Punjab, Lahore ... by an officer trained in a "Basic Elite" course ... The Elite Force is used in a range of special operations including "high-risk searches, raids and rescue operations" ...
Jarmila Machačová - Career Highlights
3rd in National Championship, Road, ITT, Elite, Czech Republic (F), Bratislava (CZE) 3rd in European Championship, Track, Points race, U23 (F), Athens 3rd in Zingem (F) (BEL) 3rd in Belsele-Pui ...
Elite World Cops
... Elite World Cops is a television series starring former SAS soldier and author Chris Ryan ... Ryan travels the world meeting some of the worlds most elite police units ...

More definitions of "elite":

  • (adj): Selected as the best.
    Example: "Elite colleges"
    Synonyms: elect

Famous quotes containing the word elite:

    Much of what passes for quality on British television is no more than a reflection of the narrow elite which controls it and has always thought that its tastes were synonymous with quality.
    Rupert Murdoch (b. 1931)