Jeffrey A. Winters Professor, Director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) Program
Research Interest(s): Oligarchs and Elites; Wealth Defense, Inequality, and Material Power; Liberal Democracy and Extreme Wealth Stratification; Post-Colonial States
Program Area(s): American Politics; Comparative Politics
Regional Specialization(s): United States; Asia
Department Strength(s): Comparative Historical Analysis; Public Opinion, Political Communication, and Political Participation; Law and Politics
Professor Winters specializes on oligarchs and elites spanning a range of historical and contemporary cases, including ancient Athens and Rome, medieval Europe, the United States, as well as Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. His book, Oligarchy (Cambridge 2011), won APSA’s 2012 Gregory M. Luebbert Award for the Best Book in Comparative Politics. It has been translated into Indonesian and will also be published in Chinese and Spanish. His research, publications, and teaching focus on the areas of comparative and political economy. In addition to oligarchy, important themes in his work include state-capital relations, capital mobility and the structural power of investors, the World Bank, human rights, authoritarianism, and democratic transitions in post-colonial states. He has conducted extensive research in the region of Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on oligarchic formation, wealth defense, and the relationship between liberal democracy and permanent wealth stratification.
His book, Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State (Cornell 1996), explores the structural power of those who supply and withhold a society’s investment resources. With Jonathan Pincus, he co-edited Reinventing the World Bank (Cornell 2002), a wide-ranging critique of the Bank’s structure and operation. Both books were translated into Indonesian and published in Jakarta. He has also published two other books written in Indonesian: in 1999, Dosa-Dosa Politik Orde Baru [Political Sins of Suharto’s New Order], the best-selling book in Indonesia that year, and, in 2004, Orba Jatuh, Orba Bertahan? [Indonesia’s “New Order” Falls or Endures?]. With Prof. Ben Page, he wrote “Oligarchy in the United States?” published in Perspectives on Politics. He was one of three scholars invited in 2014 by the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy to write on the topic of “wealth,” to be published in their journal NOMOS.
In 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, Professor Winters was named to the Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll for teaching excellence (chosen by student nomination and vote). In 2014, the Politics Department awarded him the Farrell Teaching Prize.
Professor Winters is the founder and Director of the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern.
- Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State (Cornell University Press, 1996)
- With Jonathan Pincus, he co-edited Reinventing the World Bank (Cornell University Press, 2002)
- 1999, Dosa-Dosa Politik Orde Baru [Political Sins of Suharto’s New Order]
- Orba Jatuh, Orba Bertahan? [Indonesia’s “New Order” Falls or Endures?]
- Co-author Prof. Ben Page, he wrote “Oligarchy in the United States?” which appeared in Perspectives on Politics in 2009.