The view that a few global elite ultimately control the means by which political power is defined and illustrated throughout the world is not a new epiphany. Rather, such an analysis of global politics has been in existence as long as states have interact with one another. However, the issue has become more salient and more important as time has gone on and the increasing interconnectedness of the entire world increases the importance that such a group of individuals might play with respect to future developments. In this way, the following analysis will discuss the view that political power is concentrated in elite group and seek to analyze whether or not this is merely something of a conspiracy theory or whether it is a statement that should be considered thoughtfully with regards to the way in which society and politics intersect with one another. Firstly, approaching this from historical standpoint, it can be argued that the extent to which elite groups of individuals have been able to influence political power is not by any stretch of the imagination a new reality. Rather, before the era of democratic societies, and elite group of individuals, by very nature, were responsible for guiding and directing the future developments given country (Seagal-Horn & Dean, 2011). As different empires and monarchies within the global historical system differentiated power based upon privileged birth and/or a high level of wealth, the number of individuals who could actually integrate with such system. and help to formulate a degree of future progression for society were necessarily constrained to but a handful of people. Yet, the increasing complexity of the global exchange that defines international politics as well as the fact that increasing number of self-proclaimed “democratic systems” exists within the current world, the reader to consider whether or not it is true that a handful of elite are ultimately capable and responsible for the lion’s share of the decision-making that takes place within the current world model.
Since the dawn of the 20th century, the international system has seen an explosion of trade and commerce that has worked towards making the regions and entire societies dependent upon the wealth and resources that this trade and interaction may bring. As a direct result of this growth, international corporations and businessman have been able to grow their wealth to such astronomical proportions that they view the impact that such resources can have upon politics rather than the impact that politics can have upon their business. As these individuals have ventured into the political arena, either themselves, or using their money as a proxy, this has caused a real alignment in what can be termed as the political elite within the world. This is evidenced with regards to the way in which corporations such as Microsoft and Apple impact upon the United States government and the formulation of patent law as well as antitrust litigation, or it can be noted with respect to the way in whi