Wikipedia has a list. Ha.
but if you read Clinton's Georgetown professor's book, you really wonder if folks like Mycroft Holmes are running the whole shebang (this is a running joke in Sherlock).
No, I don't think there are conspiracies per se, but a lot of like minded individuals who push similar agendas and network with one another. The main problem is that this is top down change, which has limits when the ordinary folks have had enough with their rule, be it Chinese peasants tired of the first emperor or Goths disgusted at the Roman corruption.