On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski

© 2011

Economic power is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few, even as democratic movements worldwide allow for political power to be dispersed among the many. With their access to influence, the wealthy can shape and constrain the political power of the rest of the world. As the economic dominance of an elite minority coincides with the forces of globalization, is oligarchy becoming the dominant political regime?

This collection explores the renewed relevance of oligarchy to contemporary global politics. By drawing out lessons from classic texts, contributors illustrate how the character of oligarchical regimes informs contemporary political life. Topics include the relationship between the American government and corporations, the tension between republican and oligarchical regimes, and the potential conflicts that have opened up between economic management and political life. On Oligarchy deftly illuminates the significance of this regime in the context of pressing global economic and political issues.

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On Oligarchy deftly illuminates the significance of this regime in the context of pressing global economic and political issues.

On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski

© 2011

Economic power is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few, even as democratic movements worldwide allow for political power to be dispersed among the many. With their access to influence, the wealthy can shape and constrain the political power of the rest of the world. As the economic dominance of an elite minority coincides with the forces of globalization, is oligarchy becoming the dominant political regime?

This collection explores the renewed relevance of oligarchy to contemporary global politics. By drawing out lessons from classic texts, contributors illustrate how the character of oligarchical regimes informs contemporary political life. Topics include the relationship between the American government and corporations, the tension between republican and oligarchical regimes, and the potential conflicts that have opened up between economic management and political life. On Oligarchy deftly illuminates the significance of this regime in the context of pressing global economic and political issues.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.7in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    ‘This volume edited by Tabachnick and Koivukoski (both, Nippising Univ., Canada) is the third in a series of books that apply the lessons of the great tradition of political philosophy to contemporary politics; in that regard, the series serves as a fine illustration of the continuing relevance of political philosophy to the understanding of contemporary politics. Such a series is both valuable and praiseworthy, as is this particular volume. Contributors discuss Aristotle, Thucydides, the Federalist, and Cicero in an effort to understand the phenomena of oligarchy. Filled with high-quality, provocative essays, this volume is highly recommended for those who have a theoretical interest in political philosophy in general and oligarchy in particular, but it is also (and especially) recommended to thoughtful readers who have a serious concern with the preservation of democracy. Waller Newell's "Oligarchy and Oikonomia," Jeffrey Sikkenga's "Overcoming Oligarchy," Peter Simpson's "A Corruption of Oligarchs," and Toivo Koivukoski's "On Oligarchy: An Ontological Account" are particular standouts, but the entire collection is excellent. This thought-provoking collection of essays is enthusiastically recommended for specialists and general readers alike. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.’
    M. Harding University of Dallas
    Choice Review

    ‘Thought-provoking…An exemplary case of bringing ancient wisdom to bear on a pressing modern issue.’


    Matthew Simonton
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews; May 2013
  • Author Information

    David Edward Tabachnick is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University.


    Toivo Koivukoski is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University.

  • Table of contents

    INTRODUCTION:
    David Edward Tabachnick & Toivo Koivukoski

    OLIGARCHY AND OIKONOMIA: ARISTOTLE’S AMBIVALENT ASSESSMENT OF PRIVATE PROPERTY
    Waller Newell

    ARISTOTLE AND AMERICAN OLIGARCHY: A STUDY IN POLITICAL INFLUENCE 
    Jeremy Neill 

    OVERCOMING OLIGARCHY: REPUBLICANISM AND THE RIGHT TO PROPERTY IN THE FEDERALIST
    Jeff Sikkenga

    A CORRUPTION OF OLIGARCHS
    Peter Simpson 

    THE THREAT OF MISGUIDED ELITES: ARISTOTLE ON OLIGARCHY
    Steven Skultety

    THUCYDIDES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF IDEOLOGY IN CONFLICT
    Laurie Bagby

    OLIGARCHS AND DEMOCRATS
    Leah Bradshaw

    A SHORTAGE OF MEN: WEALTH, RANK AND RECOGNITION IN CICERO'S CIVIC EDUCATION
    Geoffrey Kellow

    ON OLIGARCHY: AN ONTOLOGICAL ACCOUNT
    Toivo Koivukoski

    OLIGARCHY AND THE RULE OF LAW
    Craig Cooper

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