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C Wright Mills, power and the power elites ? a reappraisal

Barratt, Edward (2014) 'C Wright Mills, power and the power elites ? a reappraisal.' Management and Organizational History, 9 (1). 92 - 106. ISSN 1744-9359

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Abstract

This paper revisits and presents a critical appraisal of Mills's analysis of power and the power elite. There are signs of a revival of interest in Mills, but recent commentators have shown little interest in the intellectual, social or political context of his analysis. Setting Mills's thesis in its historical context, we consider an element of his project that has been particularly neglected in recent discussion: Mills's search for possible ways of redistributing power and his attempt to forge an ethico-political stance. Reflecting on recent discussion of contemporary elite formations, we comment on what critics might take from Mills in our own time in relation to the analysis of elites and the politics of critical management studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: C. Wright Mills, power, elites, politics, ethics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Edward Barratt
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 10:40
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15428

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