The ‘masses’ in Weber’s political sociology

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Abstract

Every theory of political leadership supposes some notion of the behaviour and capacities of the led. Max Weber' theory of leader-democracy rested on a particular notion of the ‘masses’. Weber depicted these masses as irrational and emotional, and thus incapable of active, extensive participation in political life. The article challenges the empirical and logical bases of Weber' view.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-265
Number of pages24
JournalEconomy and Society
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Bibliographical note

Versions of this article were read as seminar papers to the Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, and the Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston (Ontario).

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