Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais
Print version ISSN 0102-6909
The purpose of this article is to contrapose the propositions on power, class and political domination presented by a particular interpretation of Marxism - structuralist Marxism - through a critical dialogue with one of its most paradigmatic authors: Nicos Poulantzas. The article states, against Poulantzas suggestions, that the insertion of the concept of "élite" in theoretical Marxism may produce positive effects on it, specially making the classist analysis of politics scientifically manageable.
Keywords : Marxism; Élite theory; Social theory; Nicos Poulantzas; Class analysis.