American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

by Ron Formisano

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ISBN-13: 9780252082825
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,277,205
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Ron Formisano is the William T. Bryan Chair of American History and professor emeritus of history at the University of Kentucky. His books include Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor, The Tea Party: A Brief History , and For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s .

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Beyond Plutocracy: Becoming an Aristocracy 1

Chapter 1 Meet the Political Class 13

Chapter 2 Our One Percent Government, Congress, and Its Adjuncts: The Way to Wealth 37

Chapter 3 Is the Political Class Corrupt? 60

Chapter 4 The Permanent Campaign and the Permanent Political Class 86

Chapter 5 Political Class Adaption and Expansion 110

Chapter 6 The Political Class in a Poor State 132

Chapter 7 The Profitable World of Nonprofits 161

Conclusion 187

Afterword 207

Notes 211

Index 265

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