Professor John Hall
Journal of Economic Literature Classification Codes
B24, B31, B51
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.
© Devin Bales
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Bales, Devin. "Gramsci, Dugger and Hegemony, Working Paper No. 14", Portland State University Economics Working Papers. 14. (15 March 2019) i + 18 pages.