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By Maurice A . Finocchiaro

A learn of the relationship among Gaetano Mosca and Antonio Gramsci, keeping that they either belong to an identical political culture of democratic elitism. It argues that Gramsci's political idea is a positive critique of Mosca's.

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He also offered a vision of such a future society which is sufficiently eloquent and quaint to deserve extended quotation: In his Progress and Poverty Henry George many times quotes an ancient Hindu document which held that splendid elephants and parasols embroidered in gold were the fruits of the private ownership of land. html6/20/2010 3:19:52 PM next page > page_30 < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 many-sided. Wealth is producing a great deal besides elephants and parasols. But, after all, the privileges that wealth confers on those who possess it come down to the fact that wealth makes the pursuit of intellectual pleasures easier and the enjoyment of material pleasures more abundant.

15 But this is easier said than done. How can Gramsci "be placed in a more living light that transcends" communism? A critical comparison between the thought of Mosca and that of Gramsci may be viewed as one way of doing this. In summary, the interpretation I plan to explore is that an important part of Gramsci's thought (his political theory) is intellectually traceable in a significant though not exclusive manner to Mosca's political theory, at least when the latter is interpreted as an example of the political science paradigm of democratic elitism.

However, there is no question that he regarded invariant regularities as a key criterion of scientificity. " At a more substantive, less formal level, Mosca's principle was meant to offer a better solution to the problem of the classification of governments than the two classic ones attributable to Aristotle and Montesquieu. Aristotle12 had classified governments into monarchical, aristocratic, and democratic, according to whether the supreme power is held by one person, a small group, or the majority.

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