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Systemic Corruption: Constitutional Ideas for an Anti-Oligarchic Republic

Camila Vergara


This 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. The book argues that the problem cannot be blamed on the actions of corrupt politicians but is built into the very fabric of our representative systems. The book 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 maj ... More

Keywords: representative democracy, corruption, modern liberal democracy, political corruption, oligarchy, counterpower, ruling elite, anti-oligarchic institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691207537
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691207537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camila Vergara, author
Columbia Law School