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American OligarchyThe Permanent Political Class$
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Ron Formisano

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041273

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.001.0001

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Beyond Plutocracy

Beyond Plutocracy

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(p.1) Introduction Beyond Plutocracy
American Oligarchy

Ron Formisano

University of Illinois Press

Across the political spectrum many observers of Washington, D.C., have recognized the existence of a self-perpetuating and self-aggrandizing political class. But the phenomenon extends well beyond Washington to embrace regional and state political and economic elites occupying a broad array of institutions in and out of government, tied together by ambition, interest and mutual benefit.

Keywords:   Controllers’ strike, Perks for the People’s Reps, Political class poster boys, From crusading liberals to lobbyists, Ivory Towers, Greenbacks in the freezer, The Burden of Fundraising, Junkets, Ethics Not, One Percent Supreme Court

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