2. CORRUPTION AND THE STATE - Selected Works
SHADOW ELITE: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market. Basic Books, 2009.
CONFRONTING CORRUPTION, BUILDING ACCOUNTABILITY: Lessons From the World Of International Development Advising. Resource Handbook, co-auth. with Lloyd J. Dumas and Greg Callman, Palgrave Macmillan, December 2010.
"The Corruption Conundrum: Bridging Perspectives Between East and West." Submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice, December 2006.
"Corruption and Organized Crime in Post-Communist States: New Ways of Manifesting Old Patterns". In Trends in Organized Crime, vol. 7, no. 1, Fall 2001, pp. 3-61 (released Fall 2003).
Toward an Anti-Corruption Agenda. Report commissioned by the Social Development Team, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 1999.
"Déjá Vu: How Today's Western Democracies Recall Eastern Europe under Communism," "Lessons for Liberalism from the 'Illiberal East'," Dace Dzenovska and Larisa Kurtović, eds., Special Issue, Cultural Anthropology, April 25, 2018.
"The Big Question: What is the Relationship Between Kleptocracy and Authoritarianism?" National Endowment for Democracy, November 16, 2017, The International Forum for Democratic Studies asked five leading experts about the relationship between authoritarianism and kleptocracy.
"From Power Elites to Influence Elites: Resetting Elite Studies for the 21st Century," Special Issue on Elites, Theory, Culture & Society, Aeron Davis and Karel Williams, eds., Sept. 2017. (Read in PDF)
"From Power Elites to Influence Elites: Resetting Elite Studies for the 21st Century," Theory, Culture & Society, July 10, 2017. (Read in PDF)
"Meet the New American Influence Elites: How Top Players Sway Policy and Governing in the Twenty-First Century," The Death of Public Knowledge?: How Free Markets Destroy the General Intellect, Aeron Davis, ed., MIT Press, Jun 2017, , pp. 213-230.
"Globalisation's Freelancers, Democracy's Decline: The Case of Harvard, the Chubais Clan, and U.S. Aid to Russia." In Globalisation in Practice, Nigel Thrift, Adam Tickell, and Steve Woolgar, eds., Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014.
"Shadow Governing: What the Neocon Core Reveals About Power and Influence in America." In Policy Worlds: Anthropology and the Analysis of Contemporary Power, Cris Shore, Susan Wright, and Davide Pero, eds., New York, N.Y.: Berghahn Books, 2011, pp. 151-168.
"Flex Organizing and the Clan-State: Perspectives on Crime and Corruption in the New Russia." In Ruling Russia: Crime, Law, and Justice in a Changing Society, William Pridemore, ed. New York, N.Y.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005, pp. 101-116.
"Blurring the State-Private Divide: Flex Organisations and the Decline of Accountability." In Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: A Critical Development Reader, Max Spoor, ed. Dordrecht (Netherlands) and Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004, pp. 217-235.
"Mafia Without Malfeasance, Clans Without Crime: The Criminality Conundrum in Post-Communist Europe." In Crime's Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime, Philip C. Parnell and Stephanie C. Kane, eds., New York, N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, pp. 221-244.
"Clans, Cliques, and Captured States: Rethinking 'Transition' in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.” In Journal of International Development, vol. 15, 2003, pp. 427-440.
"Dirty Togetherness: Institutional Nomads, Networks, and the State-Private Interface in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union." In Polish Sociological Review, vol. 2, no. 142, 2003, pp. 139-159.
"Rigging the U.S.-Russia Relationship: Harvard, Chubais, and the Transidentity Game." In Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, vol. 7, no. 4, Fall 1999, pp. 469-500.
"Clique-Run Organizations and U.S. Economic Aid: An Institutional Analysis." In Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, vol. 4, no. 4, Fall 1996, pp. 571-602.
Newspaper & Magazine Articles
"Dirty Populists," Project Syndicate, January 2, 2019.
"A Field Guide to Trump's Swamp," Sapiens, January 19, 2017.
"The Battle-Hymn of the Generals-For-Hire," The Huffington Post, January 17, 2017.
"We Need to Clean Up Our Understanding of Corruption," New America Weekly, December 17, 2015.
Syndicated and reprinted: Pacific Standard, January 8, 2016.
"In the Shadows: How Unaccountable Elites Corrupt Democracy" Discover Society, December 1, 2014, Issue 15.
"'Dark money' goes way beyond elections: Column. Three areas where hidden cash holds sway" USA Today, November 21, 2014.
"Booted by Voters? Still in Hot Demand: 5 Places Former Pols Go After Leaving Congress" In The Huffington Post, November 18, 2014.
"Is Your Doctor on Big Pharma's Dole?" In The Huffington Post, October 8, 2014.
"Shadow Elite: Why Sarah Palin's Really Selling Big Government" In The Huffington Post, February 11, 2010.
"Shadow Elite: The Spy Who Came in From... Wall Street?" In The Huffington Post, February 04, 2010.
"Research on Policy: Shadow Elite: How the Study of Post-Communist Societies Illuminates US Power Structures." In Anthropology News, vol. 51, issue 2, February 2010, p. 27.
"'Shadow Elite': Did The Supreme Court Just Trash Democracy and the Free Market?" In The Huffington Post, January 28, 2010.
"'Shadow Elite': Do You Know Whose Agenda You're Being Sold?" In The Huffington Post, January 21, 2010.
"For The Shadow Elite Failure Often Guarantees Future Rewards" In The Huffington Post, January 14, 2010.
"Is the Government In Charge, Or Is It the Shadow Elite?" In The Huffington Post, January 7, 2010.
"Flex Power: A Capital Way to Gain Clout, Inside and Out." In The Washington Post, Sunday, December 12, 2004; p. B04.
(Also on web site: washingtonpost.com, titled "Flex Power: An Influential Band of Policy Brothers").
"Society for the Anthropology of Europe." With Deborah Cahalen and Lynn Maners. In Anthropology News, vol. 43, issue 1, January 2002, pp. 50-51.
"Who Taught Crony Capitalism to Russia?" In The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2001.
"Tainted Transactions: Harvard, the Chubais Clan and Russia's Ruin." In The National Interest, no. 59, Spring 2000, pp. 23-34.
"Tainted Transactions: An Exchange. Jeffrey Sachs, Anders Aslund, Janine Wedel." In The National Interest, no. 60, Summer 2000, pp. 107-110.
"Wedel Replies." In The National Interest, no. 61, Fall 2000, pp. 120-121.
"The Harvard Boys Do Russia: How the Best and Brightest Helped Destroy the Russian Economy." In The Nation, June 1, 1998, pp. 11-16 (cover story).
"Cliques and Clans and Aid to Russia: How the U.S. Buoyed the 'St. Petersburg Clan." In Transition, vol. 4, no. 2, July 1997, pp. 66-71.