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By Maurice A . Finocchiaro

A research of the relationship among Gaetano Mosca and Antonio Gramsci, protecting that they either belong to an analogous political culture of democratic elitism. It argues that Gramsci's political thought is a optimistic critique of Mosca's.

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For example, it would be easy to make it look as if the law of inertia (also called the first law of motion) is devoid of content: we could begin by paraphrasing Isaac Newton's own statement of it, to the effect that every body persists in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled by an external force to change that state; the analyticity of this statement would be a consequence of the definition of a force as ultimately being nothing but that which changes a body's state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line; from this point of view the law would be saying simply that every body persists in its state of rest or uniform and rectilinear motion unless a change in this state occurs.

The conceptual dimension of this branch of scholarship primarily attempts to give clear and viable definitions of the general notion of elite and of its subtypes. Another aspect of the field is perhaps more interpretive and more genuinely theoretical: it formulates and tests hypotheses about the structure, origin, accountability, mobility, and openness of elites. Thus, for example, while Lasswell and his collaborators admit that "in all large-scale societies the decisions at any given time are typically in the hands of a small number of people," 24 they also argue that "this fact does not settle the question of the degree of democracy,"25 because "the key question turns on accountability";26 now, what they call accountability is really the relationship between the elite and the masses or body politic.

Fifth, it would be an error of excessive intellectualism to claim that Gramsci's thought derives only from other thought, be it Moschian, Crocean, or Marxian. There can be no doubt that it also derives from Gramsci's practical political involvements, in the sense that it is also a reflection on his life as a labor union, socialist party, and communist party organizer and leader. Moreover, aside from the question of the origins of Gramsci's thought, it would be an error of one-sidedness to claim that the study of his thought exhausts the interest in his personality and its relevance.

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