These positions give their holders enormous authority over not just governmental, but financial, educational, social, civic, and cultural institutions as well. A small group is able to take fundamental actions that touch everyone. Decisions made in the boardrooms of large corporations and banks affect the rates of inflation and employment. The influence of the chief executive officers of the corporations often rivals that of the secretary of commerce. In addition, the needs of industry greatly determine the priorities and policies of educational and research organizations, not to mention the chief economic agencies of government.
Political secrecy creates a system of elitism. It is a bad situation in which a few have knowledge, rather than the masses. The secrecy creates the opportunity for backroom deals, rather than in the open. In the backroom, few know the outcome and there is the potential for a sordid deal.
In American Politics there is significant evidence that shows how many elitist we have in public life. I would argue that this has been cause by establishment leadership who continue to play backroom politic in order to advance their agendas. This is often viewed by main street as an elitist club that is out of touch with their values.
How many times in this election season have party bosses on both sides said that the people don't choose the nominee? The democrats said that they have superdelegates to prevent new people from winning their nomination, and the republicans have come out and said that they don't allow the populace to choose their own nominees. It's a strangely elite club and political elections are just a show to appease the people who only think they get to make the decisions.