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The Political Class – Definition and Characteristics

Georgi L. Manolov
Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2013-0008


This article treats the historical- political developments of the political class phenomenon. It analyses in detail the concepts of „political class“, „elite“ and „oligarchy“, their definiteness, composition and structure, and it emphases on the characteristics of oligarchy in politics. In this sense, the separate political layers and their relationship with the contemporary political oligarchy have been outlined through in-depth theoretical analysis.


Tento článok pojednáva o historicko- politickom vývoji fenoménu politická trieda. Podrobne analyzuje pojmy "politická trieda", "elita" a "oligarchia", ich určitosť, zloženie a štruktúru, a to s dôrazom na vlastnosti oligarchie v politike. V tomto zmysle boli samostatné politické vrstvy a ich vzťah k súčasnej politickej oligarchii načrtnuté prostredníctvom hĺbkovej teoretickej analýzy.

Keywords: political elite; political class; political layers; political oligarchy; partocracy; plutocracy; political leaders

Kľúčové slová: politická elita; politická trieda; politické vrstvy; politická oligarchia; partokracia; plutokracia; politickí predstavitelia


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About the article

Georgi L. Manolov

Prof. Georgi Lyubenov Manolov was born on 30 November, 1958 in Sofia. He is Doctor of Political Sciences. He graduated from Plovdiv University. He teaches as an assistant at Plovdiv University and as a doctor and professor at South-West University "Neofit Rilski" (Training Center – Plovdiv). He is currently a president of the College of Economics and Administration – Plovdiv, and he is one of the college’s founders. He lectures in political science, political marketing and election systems. Не is Associate Professor at the University of National and World Economy of Sofia. Prof. Georgi Manolov is author of over 150 scientific and popular publications in the country and abroad. He works on the theory of politics, elitist theories, political systems, the modern state, political marketing, political image, election campaigns, party financing, and more. One of his first works on the theory of elites is: Emerging and Development of Ideas for the Elite in Antiquity and the Renaissance (2000);The second in the series of thematic publications on the theory of elites is Political Elite (2012).

Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2013-01-01

Citation Information: Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 5–23, ISSN (Online) 1335-9096 , DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2013-0008.

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