Category Archives: Oligarchy

The Limits of Neoliberalism: Sovereignty, Authority & the Logic of Competition

Widening economic inequality is the academic topic du jour, but the trend of growing wealth and income disparity has been underway for several decades. How did mounting inequality succeed in proving culturally and politically attractive for as long as it … Continue reading

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New corporate elites and the erosion of the Keynesian social compact

The role of corporate elites – notably financial elites – has been at the forefront of political debates in Western capitalist societies since the start of the Great Recession in 2008. The major structural unbalances that had accumulated in Anglo-American … Continue reading

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Polis and Revolution: Responding to Oligarchy in Classical Athens

During the turbulent last years of the fifth century BC, Athens twice suffered the overthrow of democracy and the subsequent establishment of oligarchic regimes. In an in-depth treatment of both political revolutions, Julia Shear examines how the Athenians responded to … Continue reading

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Oligarchy – Elites, Interest Groups , and Average Citizens

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded. The report, entitled Testing … Continue reading

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“La Ley de hierro de la oligarquía” – Partidos políticos en democracia que no son organizaciones democráticas

A principios del S. XX el sociólogo alemán Robert Michels formuló en su libro “Los partidos políticos: un estudio sociológico de las tendencias oligárquicas de la democracia moderna“,  la llamada “Ley de hierro de la oligarquía” para explicar la contradicción … Continue reading

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