Power-elite



noun
1.
a closely knit alliance of military, government, and corporate officials perceived as the center of wealth and political power in the U.S.

A term used by the American sociologist (see sociology) C. Wright Mills to describe a relatively small, loosely knit group of people who tend to dominate American policymaking. This group includes bureaucratic, corporate, intellectual, military, and government elites who control the principal institutions in the United States and whose opinions and actions influence the decisions of the policymakers.

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