In fact, this concept of "elite" is changing more and more into what we currently call "politicians".
Once upon a time, we had governments that consisted of the "elite" - nobility, usually, but once we figured out this whole "election" thing, the elite became the guys we elected.
What these various "elites" have had in common throughout history is that they feel themselves to be entitled to tell the rest of us what to do.
And since, in general, they controlled law enforcement and the military (not always distinct entities), if only by the power of the pursestrings and the ability to define law (by, well, passing laws), they were pretty much right.
In the USA, at least, the Constitution was meant to be a limiter on government, so as to fend off the "elite" who wanted to tell us what to do. Alas, we've long since managed to convince ourselves that anything we want has to be Constitutional somehow (which leads us inevitably to "shall not be infringed" being translated as "shall be infringed", and "Congress shall make no laws abridging..." being translated as "Of course Congress can make laws abridging...").
And so, the politicians have once again assumed their historical roles, and "civil servants" have once again become "civil masters".
In other words, things are returning to their historical norms. And will continue to do so absent a revolution or two.