Ep. 0034: The Iron Law of Oligarchy
Why do organizations, even ostensibly democratic ones, often seem to be less-than-democratic in practice? The Iron Law of Oligarchy is the answer!
Join Prof CJ as he discusses:
- A little bit about German sociologist Robert Michels, who first described this law
- The Iron Law of Oligarchy as described by Michels in his early-20th century book Political Parties
- The Iron Law of Oligarchy in other contexts
- Some noteworthy exceptions to the Iron Law that various scholars have found, including the International Typographical Union, the New Left student movement of the 1960s, ancient Athens, and Wikipedia
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