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Elite Integration And Institutional Trust In Norway

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In this chapter trust between the various elite groups and their respective institutions is investigated as a core aspect of elite integration. The analyses presented in the chapter demonstrate that in general there is a relatively high level of institutional trust among national elite groups in Norway. The traditional elite theorists-Pareto, Mosca and Michels-contended that in any society there will be distinction between an elite of leaders and the masses, the led. Some decades later scholars within the "power elite" tradition (Mills 1956; Porter 1965) maintained that the private and public elites in USA and Canada were integrated to an extent that they constituted a single ruling group in society-a power elite. Elites in a modern democracy are to a large extent elected and employed leaders of large institutions and organizations.

Keywords:elite integration; Norwegian society



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