Robert Michels & The Iron Law of Oligarchies in Organizations


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In which book did Robert Michels describe his Iron Law of Oligarchy?

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1. What is an oligarchy?

2. According to Robert Michels, what generally happens at meetings where everybody gets to have a say?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why would most people in an organization believe that the leaders are making the right decisions? Completing this quiz and worksheet will verify your ability to answer this question and others concerning oligarchies in organizations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • The book where Robert Michels describes his 'Iron Law of Oligarchy'
  • The definition of 'oligarchy'
  • What Michels believes happens when everybody has a say
  • His thoughts on the likelihood of an organization remaining democratic
  • Why leaders are trusted to make the right decisions

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about oligarchies in organizations
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what Robert Michels believes happens at meetings where everybody has a say and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the likelihood of an organization remaining democratic

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the related lesson titled Robert Michels & The Iron Law of Oligarchies in Organizations. Here's a snapshot of what it covers:

  • An overview of Michels' Iron Law of Oligarchy
  • Why it's difficult to create a democratic organization
  • How leaders develop and how they differentiate between being an individual and an employee