Mass party and renewal of elites: Mexico and China Partido de masas y renovaci¢n de las elites: Los casos de M¿xico y China uri icon


  • This article analyzes the relationship between political elites and mass parties. Thus, we consider the historical transformation of the Institutional Revolutionary party and Chinese Communist party. We analyze these cases from the political elite theory proposed by Michels. This theory suggests that elites control, manage and organize the party and thus the political life of the country. So, elites seek maintain their own interests. Thus, we concluded that mass parties are a mechanism for renewal of elites.

Publication date

  • April 1, 2016