The Oligarch: Rewriting Machiavelli's The Prince for Our Time (1st ed. 2018)

The Oligarch: Rewriting Machiavelli's The Prince for Our Time (1st ed. 2018)

By: James Sherry (author)Paperback

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This book uses the structure of Machiavelli's The Prince to show how governance has changed over the last 500 years. If Machiavelli focuses on power concentrated in the hands of the republic or principalities, The Oligarch looks at how states and companies today function as oligarchies. Rather than dealing with the form of government, it addresses the operations and networks of governance for both states and corporations as a single set of common processes. The author links politics, ecology and literature, by using the literary device of appropriation to raise awareness of ecology and the overreach of powerful people, offering both wielders and critics of power a common ground based on how people in power actually conduct themselves.

About Author

James Sherry is the author of 12 books of criticism and poetry, most recently Oops! Environmental Poetics (2013) and Entangled Bank (2016). He is the editor of Roof Books, a literary press ( in New York City, USA.


Section 1: Types of Oligarchies Chapter I: How Many Forms of Governance There Are and How They Operate Chapter II: Concerning Oligarchies Transmitted by Tradition, Inheritance, or Law Chapter III: Concerning Mixed Oligarchies Chapter IV: Why the Religious Oligarchs of Iran, Subjugated by the US, Rebelled Against Reza Shah Pahlavi, Forcing his Abdication, and Why Such Was Not the Case in Ukraine Section 2: Details of Acquisition and Management of Organizations Chapter V: Concerning the Way to Govern Firms and States that Are Accustomed to Operate Under Their Own (By-)Laws Chapter VI: Concerning New Oligarchies Acquired by Skill Chapter VII: Concerning New Oligarchies Acquired Either by the Arms of Others or by Good Fortune Chapter VIII: Concerning Those Who Have Risen to the Oligarchy by Wickedness Section 3: Oligarchic Forms Chapter IX: Concerning a Civil Oligarchy Chapter X: Concerning the Ways That the Strength of Oligarchies Ought to Be Measured Chapter XI: Concerning Ecclesiastical Oligarchies Section 4: Managing Assets in Organizations Chapter XII: How Many Kinds of Assets, Workers, and Soldiery There Are, and Concerning Consultants and Lobbyists Chapter XIII: Concerning Auxiliaries or Foreign Troops and Assets, and One's Own Chapter XIV: That Which Concerns the Oligarch on the Subject of the Art of Finance Section 5: Guidance on Oligarchic Comportment Chapter XV: Concerning Things for Which All People, and Especially Oligarchs, Are Praised or Blamed Chapter XVI: Concerning Liberality and Parsimony Chapter XVII: Concerning Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than Feared Chapter XVIII: Concerning the Way in Which Oligarchs Should Keep Faith Chapter XIX: That One Should Avoid Being Despised and Hated Section 6: The Projects of Oligarchs Chapter XX: Are Building Programs, Walls, Fortresses, and Other Projects to Which Oligarchs Often Resort Advantageous or Burdensome? Section 7: Good Offices Chapter XXI: How an Oligarch Should Conduct Himself in Order to Gain Renown Chapter XXII: Concerning the Administrators of Oligarchy Chapter XXIII: How Flatterers Should Be Avoided Section 8: Risk Management and Marketplace Mentality Chapter XXIV: Oligarchs Who Have Lost Control of Their Organizations and Networks Chapter XXV: What Probability Can Effect in Human Affairs, and How to Manage It Chapter XXVI: An Exhortation to Liberate Nations and Their Citizens from Marketplace Mentality

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  • ISBN13: 9783319621685
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 157
  • ID: 9783319621685
  • weight: 2305
  • ISBN10: 3319621688
  • edition: 1st ed. 2018

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