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Description - The Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel

It can feel like were swimming in a sea of corruption. Its unclear who exactly is in charge and what role they play. The same influential people seem to reappear time after time in different professional guises, pressing their own agendas in one venue after another. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful shadow elite, the main players in a vexing new system of power and influence. In this groundbreaking book, Wedel charts how this shadow elite, loyal only to their own, challenge both governments rules of accountability and business codes of competition to accomplish their own goals. From the Harvard economists who helped privatize post-Soviet Russia and the neoconservatives who have helped privatize American foreign policy (culminating with the debacle that is Iraq) to the many private players who daily make public decisions without public input, these manipulators both grace the front pages and operate behind the scenes. Wherever they maneuver, they flout once-sacrosanct boundaries between state and private. Profoundly original, Shadow Elite gives us the tools we need to recognize these powerful yet elusive players and comprehend the new system. Nothing less than our ability for self-government and our freedom are at stake.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465091065
ISBN-10: 0465091067
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Janine Wedel

Trained in anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, Janine R. Wedel is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. She is a former Fulbright Fellow and the author of dozens of research articles as well as three previous books: The Private Poland (1986), The Unplanned Society (1992), and Collision and Collusion (2001). The last was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order by the University of Louisville. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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