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Systemic Corruption

Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic

Camila Vergara

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie


A bold new approach to combatting the inherent corruption of representative democracy

This provocative book reveals how the majority of modern liberal democracies have become increasingly oligarchic, suffering from a form of structural political decay first conceptualized by ancient philosophers. Systemic Corruption argues that the problem cannot be blamed on the actions of corrupt politicians but is built into the very fabric of our representative systems.

Camila Vergara provides a compelling and original genealogy of political corruption from ancient to modern thought, and shows how representative democracy was designed to protect the interests of the already rich and powerful to the detriment of the majority. Unable to contain the unrelenting force of oligarchy, especially after experimenting with neoliberal policies, most democracies have been corrupted into oligarchic democracies. Vergara explains how to reverse this corrupting trajectory by establishing a new counterpower strong enough to control the ruling elites. Building on the anti-oligarchic institutional innovations proposed by plebeian philosophers, she rethinks the republic as a mixed order in which popular power is institutionalized to check the power of oligarchy. Vergara demonstrates how a plebeian republic would establish a network of local assemblies with the power to push for reform from the grassroots, independent of political parties and representative government.

Drawing on neglected insights from Niccolò Machiavelli, Nicolas de Condorcet, Rosa Luxemburg, and Hannah Arendt, Systemic Corruption proposes to reverse the decay of democracy with the establishment of anti-oligarchic institutions through which common people can collectively resist the domination of the few.

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Legislature, Revolution, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Politics, Forms of government, Tax, Separation of powers, Wealth, Provision (contracting), Legislation, Sovereignty, Plebeian Council, Voting, Impeachment, Social class, Plebs, Public administration, Infrastructure, Political corruption, Ballot, Voting age, Slavery, Spartacus League, Mixed government, Republicanism, Hannah Arendt, Political philosophy, Decree, Ideology, Dictatorship, Aristocracy, Multitude, Tribune of the Plebs, Rule of law, Political freedom, Tyrant, Legitimacy (political), Writing, Political revolution, Freedom of speech, Requirement, Constitutional theory, Citizenship, Politician, Democracy, Representative assembly, Regime, Marxism, Constitution of the Roman Republic, Exclusion, Neoliberalism, Political structure, Montesquieu, Liberal democracy, Niccolò Machiavelli, On Revolution, Intellectual, Liberalism, Oppression, Institution, Elitism, Deliberation, Emancipation, Suffrage, Oligarchy, Prerogative, Critical theory, Despotism, Political decay, Bourgeoisie, Pamphlet, Political party, State (polity), Supermajority, Veto, United States Constitution, Corruption, Lawmaking, Economic inequality, Government, Individual and group rights, Populism, Class conflict, Popular sovereignty, Election, Hegemony, The Establishment, Free Republic, Rosa Luxemburg, Philip Pettit, Capitalism, Political system, Republic, Statute, Representative democracy, Civil and political rights, Amendment, De facto, Constitutionalism