The Establishment

Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

The Establishment is a term used to describe a dominant group or elite that controls a polity or an organization. It may comprise a closed social group that selects its own members, or entrenched elite structures in specific institutions. One can refer to any relatively small class or group of people who can exercise control as The Establishment. Conversely, in the jargon of sociology, anyone who does not belong to The Establishment may be labelled an outsider (as opposed to an “insider”). Anti-authoritarian anti-establishment ideologies question the legitimacy of establishments, even seeing their influence on society as undemocratic.