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Contemporary elite models are based on the following assumptions (Dye and Zeigler, 2008)

• Decisions are made by the elite, which possesses greater wealth, education, status, and other resources than do the “masses” it governs.

• Consensus exists among the elite on the basic values and goals of society; however, consensus does not exist among most people in society on these important social conceal

• Power is highly concentrated at the top of a pyramid- shaped social hierarchy; those at the top of the power structure come together to set policy for everyone.

• Public policy reflects the values and preferences of the elite. not the preferences of the people.

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