Contemporary Oligarchies in Developed Democracies

  • Shelly Gottfried

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


The book analyzes concentrations of wealth and power in developed democracies. It shows that economic measures, which states adopted during the 1980s and 1990s, had evolved first into liberal oligarchy, and later, after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, into illiberal and populist oligarchy. The shape and content of these two kinds of oligarchy have been determined largely because of practices and political strategies that powerful state and market actors employed. This project will appeal to a wide audience including academics, researchers, students, and anyone who is interested in oligarchy political power, IR, political economy, and sociology.

Shelly Gottfried is Research Fellow and Lecturer at City, University of London, UK, and Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel.


Oligarchy Development Developed Economy populist oligarchy economically developed democracies

Authors and affiliations

  • Shelly Gottfried
    • 1
  1. 1.City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC)City, University of LondonLondonUK

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