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What is the relation between the leader and the led? Review: The H-Word by Perry Anderson

This new book about hegemony provides "withering analysis," and asks: how much is obedience based on coercion and how much on consent?

By Ian Irvine   July 2017

The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony by Perry Anderson (Verso, £16.99)

“When you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.” This proverb appeared on a plaque in the White House office of Chuck Colson, special counsel to President Nixon, one of the ghastliest of his Watergate co-conspirators. It is too vulgar to appear in this erudite and illuminating essay on hegemony from its origins to the present day, but it captures the ambiguity of this political term of art. In any association, from playground football to Nato or the…

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