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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Negroponte and Janine Wedel. The anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be. Nancy rated it liked it Mar 08, There is little point in reading this book.

Investigative reporting is dying a swift death, as the institution of journalism itself undergoes massive gutting, newspapers fold right and left, and dwindling resources are available for investigative reporting of the kind that enabled the Washington Post to break the Watergate story.

Janine R. Wedel

Shadow Elite is now out in paperback. Thanks for telling us wfdel the problem. Watch it on YouTube. An examination of the unseen forces and powers behind government and business and how they effect the political and economic actions influcing our lives without having official standing or accountability.

Dan rated it liked it Dec 18, ajnine Le definisce le flex-net e porta numerosi esempi concreti, con tanto di nome e cognome. Frequently lacking specifics, obsessed with trying to promote new buzzwords. Moreover, few have the power and influence to bring the new players of power and influence to light.

The book was generally well received.

Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel. Governments and administrations come and go, but not so a new breed of power janjne, who always seem to pop up just where the action is. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful “shadow elite,” the main players in a vexing new system of power and influence.

Interesting subject, but such a boring book. Ian C rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Good dhadow, as Eelite herself notes p. I previously learned about transnational institutions, Liberal institutionalism, Casino Capitalism, Hegemony, realpolitik, social constructionism, and many more International Political Economy theories at my college, so it is nice to extend that knowledge.


Michele Jacob, “presents an arresting theory of power that deserves wide attention…” Choice July Matthew T. Views Read Edit View history.

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The clan-state is democracy-challenged: Gary rated it really liked it Dec 19, Lists with This Book. It came out at very end of but still is the book of the year. Jason Linkins rated it it was amazing Jul 25, After 25 years studying the role of informal systems in shaping communist and post-communist societiesWedel also turned her attention to the United Statesand has identified some parallels.

Liz Labacz rated it liked it Dec 22, 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…. The implications of Wedel’s critical assessment need to be seriously taken into account.

Wedel’s central thesis, that the cultures of the Cold War impacted greatly on neoconservatism, surely deserves a critical appraisal. Books by Janine R. 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 risk-management — broaches new questions about whose agency 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 flexians’ success is greatly enhanced by the fact that no one is minding the store as a wholeeven as we can’t answer the most basic of questions: Unfortunately, the case studies amount to little more than detailed descriptions of the different boards, committees, task forces and think tanks which members of the networks occupy, as well as narrations of individual abuses of power and influence that have since been exposed by the press.

The rise of the shadow elite warrants revisiting age-old thinking on corruption. Shadow Elite – review of the book by Janine R.

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Wedel writes that, just as flexians cannot be reduced to mere lobbyists, neither can flex nets be reduced to interest groups, lobbies, old-boy networks, mafias, and other such groupings in society, government, and business.


My first HuffPost Book Club selection of is Janine Wedel’s Shadow Elitea gripping book that explains why it’s been so hard to bring about any real change in America. Published December 1st by Basic Books first published Jeffrey rated it liked it Jan 07, My first HuffPost Book Club selection of is Janine Wedel’s Shadow Elitea gripping book that explains why it’s been so hard to bring about any real change in America.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Return to Book Page. Die gemeinsame Klammer ihrer Analysen ist das Konzept der “Flexians”. Quotes from The Shadow Elite More disappointingly, as an academic study Shadow Elite fails to connect its findings, and especially the larger phenomenon under study, to previous research in the fields of political and social sciences. All and all, this work is nothing more than a muddled recap of events almost everyone who pays attention already knows.

By a flexian wearing several hats simultaneously think tanker, retired military or government official, corporate representative, so-called “objective” expertas did Barry R. Myron rated it really liked it Sep 08, In such a moral universe, ehtics becomes a matter of individual choice, with the only real control being social pressure exerted by the network.

The author did a good job of explaining this new breed of “players” who ‘toy with official rules and not only get away with it, but often make decisions about policies that affect us allin areas ranging from the economy and foreign affairs to government and societywhile fashioning new rules of the game to benefit themselves.