According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the “shadow elite,” the prime movers in a vexing new system of . SHADOW ELITE – Review Excerpts. The First HuffPost Book Club Pick of Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel. Arianna Huffington: My first HuffPost Book Club. Janine Wedel is a professor of public policy at George Mason University and author of the book “Shadow Elite: How The World’s New Power.
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Citizens with an interest ehadow political reform and accountability would do well to weave her arguments into their demands. She relates personal experiences that perfectly illustrate some of her arguments. Wedel is co-founder and president of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy formerly known as the Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy. I have come to this conclusion after spending the better part of three decades studying communist and post-communist societies — observing first how people circumvented the communist system, and when it was coming undone, how players positioned themselves to wield power and influence and thereby helped create the emerging order.
All and all, this work is nothing more than a muddled recap of events almost everyone who pays attention already knows. Michele Jacob, “presents an arresting weel of power that deserves wide attention…” Choice July Matthew T. NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations, a commonplace acronym in influential circles which receives little traffic in mainstream media] seem to inhabit some shadow world of neither-here-nor-there — proliferating so shadiw these days Janine Wedel’s 2nd-most-recent book builds on, benefits from, and broadens her previous work: Wedel Governments and administrations come and go, but not so a new breed of power brokers, who always seem to pop up just where the action is.
Wedel has made an important contribution to the effort to conceptualize the increasingly problematic role of elites in American government and politics. Wedel received a Ph. Instead of entering a debate with social theory she prefers to name her objects of study on her own terms, presenting such concepts as ‘flexians’ and ‘flexnets’ and analysing them through four core characteristics that seemingly emerge out of nowhere.
The facts speak strongly themselves without editorializing. There is little point in reading this book. She states important questions and offers original answers. The highlights are sporadic as the rest of the book is weighed down by very dry info dumps that aren’t always explained clearly.
From the Harvard economists who helped privatize post-Soviet Russia and the neoconservatives who helped privatize American foreign policy for thirty years culminating with the debacle that is Iraq to many lesser-known global operators, these players flout once-sacrosanct boundaries between state and private, bureaucracy and market.
By a flexian wearing several hats simultaneously think tanker, retired military or government official, corporate representative, so-called “objective” expertas did Barry R.
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In the New Testament, the author of the Gospel of Matthew wrote, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other”.
Languages Deutsch Edit links. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s a gripping, disquieting book that exposes and explains why it’s been so hard to bring about any real change in our country — why Washington no longer seems capable of addressing the problems our nation faces…. Janine Wedel’s 2nd-most-recent book builds on, benefits from, and broadens her previous work: Profoundly original, “Shadow Elite” gives us the tools we need to recognize these powerful yet elusive players and comprehend the new system.
Michele Jacob, “presents an arresting theory of power that deserves wide attention…” Choice July Dec 16, Crabby McGrouchpants rated janie it was amazing.
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Moreover, few have the power and influence to bring the new players of power and influence to light. An examination of the unseen forces and powers behind government and business and jqnine they effect the political and economic actions influcing our lives without having official standing or accountability. Wedel’s elucidation of the “flexian” — a world-stage actor who plays several roles simultaneously, in a manner born out of what might be considered, initially, career insuance or wsdel — broaches new questions about whose wedle is serving which master, and further, how easy it would be to discern, at any one point in time, the selfsame goals and priorities without an ongoing scorecard and healthy amount of educated guessing.
The clan-state is democracy-challenged: But this is not a book in the field of anthropology, but policy.
Dan rated it liked it Dec 18, Public Administration Review  described Shadow Elite as making “an important contribution to the effort to conceptualize the increasingly problematic role of elites in American government and politics. Also, round-the-clock cable television and other new media create a demand for instant commentary that highly partisan voices can artfully fill Joseph Rivers rated it it was amazing Nov 06, It is a vital area of inquiry and one that has considerable commercial appeal in light of the current power shift that has taken place in the United States; a power shift that allows a more objective, retrospective appraisal of the rise of the neoconservatives.
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Government and quasi-government form a much bigger and more complex tangle than ever before. Hardcoverpages.
This felt like it was in need of a really good edit to tip it into the category of an enjoyable read. Thus while flex nets incorporate important aspects of other such jamine, they also differ from them in crucial ways—and those ways are precisely what make flex nets less visible and less accountable.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Interesting subject, but such a boring book. May 04, Dav rated it it was ok Shelves: Watch it on YouTube. Retrieved from ” https: Michele Jacob, “presents an arresting theory of power that deserves wide attention…” Choice July Negroponte and Janine Wedel.
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