UNACCOUNTABLE: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt Our Finances, Freedom, and Security. Pegasus Books: October 2014.

SHADOW ELITE: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market. Basic Books, 2009.

Scholarly Articles

"Reconstruction Aid to Ukraine: What we know (or should know) from the history of 1990s assistance to Eastern Europe," VOX EU, June 14, 2023; VOX Ukraine

"When Civilizational Models Collide," Project Syndicate, March 3, 2023.

"Shadow Elites: Beyond Institutional Corruption Theory and Ill-Conceived Anti-Corruption Regimes. Toward A New Research Agenda." In Handbook on Quality of Government, Andreas Bågenholm, Monika Bauhr, and Marcia Grimes, Bo Rothstein, eds., Oxford University Press, 2021, pp.63-90.

"Corruption as the Through Line: The Overlooked Establishment Corruption, Why Trumpism is No Accident, and Why Corruption Has No End Point." In Corruption and Illiberal Politics in the Trump Era, Donna Goldstein and Kristen Drybread, eds., Routledge Press, forthcoming, 2023.

"Beyond Cash: Reputation Laundering as a Feature of Transnational Kleptocracy." Commentary written for the National Endowment for Democracy's International Forum for Democratic Studies, December 2020.

"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.

"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., September 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.

"U.S. Public Pension Funds and Alternative Investments" (with Siona Listokin), Institute for New Economic Thinking, New York, September, 2014. Written under the "Institutional Investors and the Offshore Hedge Fund Industry: Investigating Patterns of Linkage, Organization, and Governance" grant (2014, 2015).
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"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, Steve Woolgar, and William H. Rupp, eds., Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 150-156.

"Rethinking Corruption in an Age of Ambiguity." In Annual Review of Law and Social Science Vol. 8, December 2012, pp. 453-498. [Read in PDF]

"Federalist No. 70:  Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?"  In Public  Administration Review, December 2011, p. S118-S127.

"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.

"Beyond Conflict of Interest: Shadow Elites and the Challenge to Democracy and the Free Market." In Polish Sociological Review, vol. 2, no. 174, 2011, pp. 149-165.

Newspaper & Magazine Articles

"It's 2020. Do You Know Who Your Government Is Serving? America Has Been Conflating Politics and Business for Years-And if We're Not Careful, We Could Go the Way of Post-Soviet Eastern Europe," Zócalo Public Square, December 10, 2020.

"It's Happening Here: What a Ukrainian Fitness Club Taught This Anthropologist about Dirty Togetherness in America," Medium, November 2, 2020.

"Janine R. Wedel:
Why so many distrust government: It doesn't work for them.
," San Francisco Chronicle, May 28, 2017.

"Trump Is Right That the System Is "Rigged"-and He's Stacking It More: Average Americans Are Losing Power While Self-Serving Elites Lose Public Trust," Zocalo, May 16, 2017.

"A Field Guide to Trump's Swamp," Sapiens, January 19, 2017.

"Foreign Influencing Goes Far, Far Beyond Russian Hack Attacks," The Huffington Post, December 21, 2016.

"'Extreme Vetting' Needed... For Pro-Putin Trump Players," The Huffington Post, December 14, 2016.

"Donald Trump and a World of Distrust," Project Syndicate, November 11, 2016.

"When the public's trust is betrayed, it only fuels a demagogue like Trump," The Huffington Post, November 1, 2016.

"Trumpism 101: The Outsider, Ignored For Years. No longer.," The Huffington Post, October 27, 2016.

"Clinton's Credibility Questioned as Bill's Philanthropy 'Takes It to the Limit'." In HuffPost Politics, February 29, 2016.

"Shadow Elite: Warrantless Wiretap Case & Obama: Abuse of Executive Power?" In The Huffington Post, April 9, 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.

"Is the Government In Charge, Or Is It the Shadow Elite?" In The Huffington Post, January 7, 2010.

"Wall Street's bailout gives me déjà vu: The aftermath of Wall Street's meltdown reminds me of the aftermath of the Berlin Wall's fall. Not in a good way." In Salon, November 8, 2009.

"Harvard’s Role in U.S. Aid to Russia.” In The Boston Globe, March 25, 2006, p. A15.

"Flex Power: A Capital Way to Gain Clout, Inside and Out." The Washington Post, Sunday, December 12, 2004; p. B04.
(Also on web site:, titled "Flex Power: An Influential Band of Policy Brothers").

"Danger of Private Agendas in Foreign Policy." In Financial Times, August 11, 2004, p. 11.

"Too Tightknit to be Accountable: The outsourcing of crucial government functions to private individuals and companies is an alarming trend." In Salon, August 12, 2004.

"Society for the Anthropology of Europe." With Deborah Cahalen and Lynn Maners. In Anthropology News, vol. 43, issue 1, January 2002, pp. 50-51.

"Wedel Replies." In The National Interest, no. 61, Fall 2000, pp. 120-121.
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"Tainted Transactions: An Exchange. Jeffrey Sachs, Anders Aslund, Janine Wedel. Wedel Replies. "  In The National Interest, no. 60, Summer 2000, pp. 107-110.
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"Tainted Transactions: Harvard, the Chubais Clan and Russia's Ruin."  In The National Interest, no. 59, Spring 2000, pp. 23-34.
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