Penguin Book

The Establishment

Owen Jones

From the acclaimed author of Chavs, a book about why the biggest threat to democracy today is not the people who rule us, but the system by which they rule.

We live in an age of seemingly constant scandal and crisis. At any one time, the news is dominated with stories of the mismanagement, greed or outright corruption of financiers; of politicians engaged in unethical behaviour; of journalists invading privacy; and of police breezily side-stepping the law. But why does our public life rapidly seem to be becoming one long series of inquiries into the wrongdoing of our leaders and the diverse groups of people who set the agenda of our democracy? And, crucially, why now?

In The Establishment, Owen Jones looks behind the rogues' gallery - from the demonised bankers and tax-evading business people to the media barons and expense-fiddling politicians - to expose the powerful interests that link them all. He shows that to understand our rulers, we have to look to the sources of their power. Only then can we hope to effect lasting and progressive change.

Owen Jones is the bestselling author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and was one of the New York Times's top 10 non-fiction books for 2011. He is a regular broadcaster on news and current affairs programmes on both TV and radio, from the BBC to Sky TV, and has been interviewed for foreign broadcasters across Europe and North America. He writes a weekly column for the Independent and has written for, among others, the Guardian, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Le Monde Diplomatique.

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  • Politics and Current Affairs
  • Sociology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Melville House (PRH Rights)
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