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date: 21 November 2019

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This article discusses the empirical evidence of four of the more controversial pillars of the democratic elitism thesis that has been defined by early studies. The review in this article further supports the survey studies that compare the elite and mass opinions in cross-national contexts. An assessment of the elitists' claims is conducted; the empirical evidence from three bodies of research is carefully evaluated.

Keywords: empirical evidence, democratic elitism thesis, early studies, elite opinions, mass opinions, cross-national contexts, elitists's claims

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