Gaetano Mosca’s theory of the rulingclass was evolved in its first form duringthe years . not Marx, not Taine, made the use of the factof class that Mosca made. Gaetano Mosca dedicated much of his life’s work to his theory of the ruling class, developing it in numerous publications. Despite his long meditation on the. GAETANO MOSCA’S “THE RULING CLASS “. T HE prime task of a reviewer is normally to discuss the con- tents and viewpoint of an author’s work. In the.

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Gaeano Mills and later sociologists, Mosca aimed to develop a universal theory of political society and his more general theory of the Political Class reflects this aim. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Ruling Class | book by Mosca |

In he signed the Manifesto of the Anti-Fascist Intellectuals. These were Sulla teorica dei governi e sul governo parlamentare Theory of Governments and Parliamentary Governmentpublished in ; Elementi di scienza politica The Ruling Classpublished in ; and Storia delle dottrine politiche History of Political Doctrinespublished in These organizational skills were especially useful in gaining political power in modern bureaucratic society.

He is credited with developing the elite theory and the doctrine of the political class and is one of the three members constituting the Italian school of elitism together with Vilfredo Pareto and Robert Michels. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Ruling Class

Retrieved from ” https: This is always true, for Mosca, because without a political class there is no rule. During this time, Mosca also worked as a political journalist for the Corriere della Sera of Milan after and the Tribuna of Rome from to Nevertheless, Mosca’s theory was more liberal than the elitist theory of, for example, Paretosince in Mosca’s conception, elites are not hereditary in rulimg and peoples from all classes of society can theoretically become elite: That means that every gaetaano could be split between two social classes: Unlike Marx, Mosca has not a linear concept clasa time, but a circular one, as in classical political theory, which consists in a perpetual condition of conflict and recycle of the elite.


Although his theory is correctly characterized as elitistit should be observed that its basis is far different from The Power Elite described by, for example, C. In he moved to Rome and took a gaetwno as editor of proceedings of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy.

Gaetano Mosca – Wikipedia

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. In Mosca was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of Italyin which he served until Mosca is most famous, however, for his works of political theory. Having taught occasionally at Palermo and RomeMosca became chair of constitutional law at the University of Turin in For Mosca, the dichotomous structure of society wouldn’t be solved by the revolution.

Politicseconomicssociology. Mosca earned a faetano in law from the University of Palermo in Manuale di storia del pensiero politico. He served actively in this capacity until Italian school of elitism.

This page was last edited on 23 Octoberat Mosca’s enduring contribution to political science is the observation that all but the most primitive societies are ruled in fact, if not in theory, by a numerical minority.


Martinelli, “L’organizzazione del potere nel pensiero di Gaetano Mosca”Giornale di Storia Costituzionale rulin, 17, first semester,pp. He named this claxs the political class. Mosca held several other academic positions throughout his life.

Political classpolitical formula a set of doctrines propagated by the ruling elites[1] elite theory. He would hold this position untilwhen he settled permanently in Rome to occupy the chair of public law at the University of Rome. An EncyclopediaRoutledge,p. InMosca was nominated life senator of the Kingdom of Italy.

Gaetano Mosca

Mosca defined modern elites in term of their superior organizational skills. During the Fascist dictatorship, Mosca retired to teach and research. He also adhered to the concept of the circulation of elites, which is a dialectical theory of constant competition between elites, with one elite group replacing another repeatedly over time.

That concept came from his materialist idea of clqss as a conflict between classes Marxfrom the conflicted nature of politic considered as a fight for acquisition and department of power Machiavelli and finally from the non-egalitarian and hierarchical structure of society.

Views Read Edit View history. During this time, he served as Under-secretary for the Colonies from until