Go to the ruling elite can be attributed, besides the political elite, economic, cultural, ideological, scientific, informational, military elite. Economic elite – a social stratum, consisting of representatives of big business, big owners. Decisions made by economic elites, very frequently have on the lives of at least higher impact than the government's decision. Cultural elite includes the most authoritative and influential artists, education, literature, and representatives of the creative intellectuals. Scientific elite includes the most talented part of the intellectual elite. And a special part in this structure is the military elite.
The structure of the political elite may look different depending on the principle that which will form the basis of division. For example, can be divided into groups corresponding to the branches of government – legislative, executive and judiciary, as well as by its location – the federal and regional. Elite is not intrinsically uniform. Within the ruling elite there is a small close-knit group, standing at the top of the power pyramid. T. calls it the "upper (subelitnym) layer", O. – "top-elite, L. Shevtsova -" super-elite.
" This group consists of usually 20-30 people and is the most closed, cohesive, and difficult to research. ov Gaman-Golutvina 8 distinguishes two types: the "bureaucratic and feudal (oligarchy). Bureaucratic based on the distinction between the functions of economic and political governance, the oligarchy based on their merger. " In the scientific community agreed to provide various types of elites. Thus, according to authorities allocate: ruling elite, unruly, or counter-elite.