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American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

Ron Formisano

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041273
eISBN:
9780252099878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Almost all studies of the nation’s extreme inequality of income and wealth have overlooked a critical, overarching cause of the creation of The New Gilded Age. The permanent political class has ... More


Becoming Bourgeois: Merchant Culture in the South, 1820-1865

Frank J. Byrne

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124049
eISBN:
9780813134857
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124049.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This book focuses on what historians have come to call the “middling sort”, the economic group falling between yeoman farmers and the planter class that dominated the antebellum South. At a time when ... More


Beyond Plutocracy: Becoming an Aristocracy

Ron Formisano

in American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041273
eISBN:
9780252099878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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 ... More


Our One Percent Government, Congress, and Its Adjuncts: The Way to Wealth

Ron Formisano

in American Oligarchy: The Permanent Political Class

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041273
eISBN:
9780252099878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041273.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Most members of Congress are now millionaires; for all “serving” in Congress enables most to live like millionaires. The affluence of many members of the political class causes them to lose ... More


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