de Jouvenel writes, "that the aggrandizers
of state power find their most effective ally, [for] only an immensely powerful apparatus can do all that the preachers of panacea government promise.
She concludes that 'the presence of aggrandizers
in the archaeological record should be demonstrated rather than assumed' (2000: 253).
As Dobres commented, while political competition is important, we are learning not to reduce agency to politics or all ancient people to aggrandizers
The political role of aggrandizers
in egalitarian and transegalitarin societies, in D.