Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating


4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  9 reviews
For centuries, oligarchs were viewed as empowered by wealth, an idea muddled by elite theory early in the twentieth century. The common thread for oligarchs across history is that wealth defines them, empowers them, and inherently exposes them to threats. The existential motive of all oligarchs is wealth defense. How they respond varies with the threats they confront, incl...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 130)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Yes, it's a tired phrase that you can't tell a book by its cover, but this work is a perfect example. Look at the plain dark brown cover with nothing but the title and the author's name on it. A typical textbook would look exciting by comparison. It's likely this book IS used as a textbook, yet inside lurks eye-opening information on that teeny tiny percentage of the population that has tremendous wealth and wants above all to protect it. How do they do it?

It's always been the case the the many...more
Gde Dwitya
Winters’ Oligarchy is a book elaborating a theory of how extremely concentrated wealth at the hand of powerful minority induces extreme political inequality. By doing so, he clarifies the oligarchy theory that has been muddled by the elite theory. He claims that not all powerful minorities are oligarchic in nature. Only those that are materially endowed as their source of power can be called oligarchs and their politics of wealth defense is what oligarchy is all about. The definition of oligarch...more
I'm not sure his distinction between those who have enough wealth to engage in wealth defense and those who do not stands up. There are plenty of people who he does not seem to be counting as oligarchs who hire financial professionals to ensure they pay the minimum amount of taxes possible. The difference between the 5%ers with their stock brokers and accountants and the ultra-rich .1% with their high-powered teams of tax evasion experts seems to be one of degree, not the qualitative difference...more
A very taught presentation of a basic sociology theory. According to Winters oligarchy is not just rule by the few, but rule by those who have material power, usually in the form of great wealth. The book details out all of the criteria for being an oligarch and then gives a bunch of historical cases that are divided into different types: warring, ruling, sultanistic, and civil oligarchies. Winters contends that the U.S. is a civil oligarch where politics is controlled by the wealthy who pay for...more
Rick Claypool
Winters' analysis of the phenomena of oligarchy -- the stratum of the super wealthy who exist at the very top of the wealth scale and aim to keep it that way -- is insightful and compelling. If you are frustrated when you hear about the likes of Sheldon Adelson or Charles and David Koch pouring millions of dollars into distorting U.S. elections, this book provides a keen insight into why, as a class, oligarchs do it, and is rich with historical and global examples of how oligarchs achieve what t...more
buku ini saya baca secara diskriminatif. hanya baca serius bab 1 (elaborasi teoretis) dan bab tentang 'oligarki sultanistik' (Indonesia dan Filipina), sedangkan bab yang lain dibaca cepat.
sejak bagian teori, banyak isu yang patut dipermasalahkan. kenapa Winters mengambil 'putaran' ke 'teori oligarki' ketika dirinya menilai Marxist tidak memadai, padahal saya pikir neo-Marxist memiliki banyak persinggungan dengan apa yang 'dipikirkan' Winters.
saya pernah menulis critical review buku ini. tapi fi...more
"Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy is by a Northwestern University political scientist who specializes in Southeast Asia. Ranging from Indonesia to Ancient Rome to the contemporary United States, he explores the politics of the defense of wealth across time and space." - Tom Ginsburg
Memberikan penjelasan teoritik kait kelindan antara uang dan kekuasaan sebagai penopang oligarki, termasuk terbentuknya oligarki di Indonesia
Joel Robbins
Not finished but there seems to be a lot of redundancy so far.
Ekaterina marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Aamer marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Cam Phan
Cam Phan marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2014
Le Binh
Le Binh marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2014
Loc Lam quang
Loc Lam quang marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2014
Nkat8381 marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2014
Adhi marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2014
Sivin Kit
Sivin Kit marked it as to-read
Jun 18, 2014
Maddie added it
May 19, 2014
Anusar added it
May 07, 2014
Cameron marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2014
Kurt marked it as to-read
Apr 17, 2014
John marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2014
Joey Pogo
Joey Pogo marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2014
Ilungmangak marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2014
Catherine marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Dosa Dosa Politik Orde Baru Power in Motion Reinventing the World Bank Membongkar Bank Dunia

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »