POLITICS AS INVENTION: ON THEODOR HERZL’S IDEAL ELITES

Rhona Burns

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Abstract

This article explores Theodor Herzl’s understanding of social elites and their role in society, especially with regard to creating (or resisting) social and political change. The article follows Herzl’s different perceptions of elites and their relation to society, tracing the path that led him from an ideal of an aristocratic republic to his later democratic model. For Herzl, creating a utopia, that is, an ideal polity, effectively meant shaping a new understanding of the elite’s position in society. Even though in his imagined future polity elites still govern—and even still, govern with an aristocratic ethos—their relationship with society is changed, shifting from an external authority to a socially and morally engaged position, which forms their public legitimacy and source of power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalAJS Review
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes

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