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Working Paper


Professor John Hall

Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes

B24, B31, B51

Key Words

William Dugger, Antonio Gramsci, Hegemony, Passive Revolution, Subreption


This inquiry seeks to establish connections between William Dugger’s understanding of subreption leading to corporate hegemony with Antonio Gramsci’s understanding of power and the hegemon. Specifically, this inquiry examines the similarities between both authors’ descriptions and understandings of power in a civil society. Going further, I draw parallels between Gramsci’s description of ‘passive revolution’ as a key process for achieving hegemony and Dugger’s explanation of the role ‘subreption’ plays in the rise of corporate hegemony in the United States. Finally, this inquiry explores connections between Gramsci’s writings on ‘Americanism’ and Dugger’s research into ‘corporate hegemony’. While Dugger does not cite Gramsci, the parallels in their ideas suggest that likely Dugger has has read Gramsci and draws from key ideas that he advanced.


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