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Elites in Scotland
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Because Scotland is a relatively small country, there are equally small landowning, business and policymaking elites. This chapter, contributed by David Torrance, explores a range of elites, from the traditional class-based elites, to those elites operating in business, in politics, in policymaking and decision-making. Scotland often likes to think of itself as a left-of-centre egalitarian society; Torrance examines the extent to which this is accurate and the extent to which class and contacts remain important vehicles for ‘getting on’ in society. The chapter also explores the extent to which elite and ‘mass’ views of society and politics diverge.

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