Who's Running America? The Obama Reign

ISBN-10: 1612055559
ISBN-13: 9781612055558
Edition: 8th 2014 (Revised)
Authors: Thomas R. Dye
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List price: $34.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/31/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A classic of American government, Who's Running America? continues to demonstrate how power is concentrated in large institutions no matter who inhabits the White House. The eighth edition of this best-selling text focuses on the Obama administration and the ways in which it is different from but also similar to administrations that have come before. Based on years of exhaustive data compilation and analysis, Who's Running America? explores the influence and impact of governmental leaders, corporate officials, and other elites both inside and outside the United States. Employing an oligarchic model of national policymaking, Tom Dye doesn't just lay out theory and data. He very consciously "names names" in describing the people who inhabit the White House, the Cabinet, the leaders of Congress, members of the Supreme Court, as well as the board rooms of the nation's largest corporations and banks including leading media lights as well as "fat cat" political contributors. Dye argues that big institutions run America, but also that these institutions are made up of real people. Who's Running America? puts the flesh and bones on the statistics and delivers the inside scoop on the Obama reign.New to the Eighth Edition

Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy. Dye has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the Harold Laswell Award for career contributions to the study of public policy and the Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts. Dye has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia. He served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Elitism in a Democracy
The Inevitability of Elites
The Institutional Basis of Power
Power as Decision-Making: The Pluralist View
Identifying Positions of Power
Dimensions of America's Elite
Some Questions for Research
The Corporate Directors
The Concentration of Corporate Power
The Globalization of Economic Power
Institutionalizing the Global Economy
Who Controls Corporate America?
Inside the Boardrooms
The Managers: Climbing the Corporate Ladder
The Inheritors: Starting at the Top
The Ford Family
The Walton Family
Paychecks of the Corporate Chiefs
Corporate Counterrevolutions
Hostile Takeovers
The Limits of Corporate Power
Summary
The Money Elite
The Concentration of Financial Resources
The Banking Boardrooms
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The Wall Street Bailout
The Treasury's TARP
GM Bankruptcy
Fed Responses
The Economic Stimulus Package
Financial Regulation
The Federal Reserve Board
Controlling the Money Supply
Ben Bernanke: Managing the Nation's Money
The Securities and Exchange Commission
The Superrich
Changing Sources of Wealth
Warren Buffett: Radical Investor
Summary
The Media Moguls
Agenda Setting: Deciding What Wilt Be Decided
The Concentration of Media Power
Rupert Murdoch: Founder of FOX
Ted Turner: Maverick Media Mogul
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.: The New York Times
The Graham Family: The Washington Post
Bad News and Good Profits
Liberal Bias in the News
Wolf Blitzer: TV Anchor
The Internet: Expanding Communication
Arianna Huffington: Internet Influence
Prime Time: Socializing the Masses
Summary
The Governing Circles
The Concentration of Governmental Power
The Politicians: Ambition and Office Seeking
Barack Obama: A Call for Change
Early Life
Education
Audacity of Hope
Early Political Career
Presidential Campaign
The Obama Reign
Campaigner-in-Chief
Policy Initiatives
The Individual Mandate
Failed Initiatives
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden
Reelection
Back to Work
Executive Decision-Makers: The Serious People
Executive Leadership Profile
Hillary Clinton: Leading the Way for Women
John Kerry: Wealth and Power
Valerie Jarrett: In the Innermost Circle
The Congressional Establishment
Paul Ryan: Young Gun in The House
John Boehner: Leading House Republicans
Nancy Pelosi: Leading House Democrats
The Judges
Clarence Thomas: Up from Pinpoint
Sonia Sotomayor: A Latina on the Court
The Military Establishment
Colin Powell: Soldier-Statesman
Summary
The Civic Establishment
Fat Cats: Financing Politics
The "Superlawyers"
Paul Clement: Arguing before the High Court
The "Fixers": Peddling Power for Prop
The Foundations
Bill Gates: Global Philanthropist
The Billion-Dollar Universities
The Cultural Institutions
Summary
How Institutional Elites Make Public Policy
Policy as Elite Preference
An Oligarchic Model of National Policy-Making
The Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission
The Council on Foreign Relations
The Trilateral Commission
The Business Roundtable
The Brookings Institution
Competition among Elites
The American Enterprise Institute
The Heritage Foundation
The Center for American Progress
The Liberal Establishment
Establishment Challenges: The Wall Street Journal and FOX News
Dueling Foundations
George Soros: Funding the Far Left
The "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"
Scaife Family Foundations
Bradley Foundation
Koch Family Foundations
Adolph Coors Foundation
The "Proximate Policy-Makers"
Summary
The Structure of Institutional Power
Questions in Elite Research
Hierarchy or Polyarchy?
A Ruling Class or an Open Leadership System?
Convergence or Specialization at the Top?
"Interlockers" and "Specialists"
Elite Recruitment: Getting to the Top
The Education of Elites
Women at the Top
African Americans at the Top
Social Clubs
The Private Companies
Koch Industries
Bechtel Corporation
The Trump Organization
Class: A Touchy Subject
Summary
Institutional Elites in America
Defining Institutional Power
Hierarchy and Polyarchy among Institutional Elites
Summary of Findings
Concentration of Institutional Resources
The Size of the Nation's Elite
Interlocking versus Specialization
Inheritors versus Climbers
Separate Channels of Recruitment
Globalizing Institutional Power
Limits on Corporate Management
Prestigious University Affiliations
Cracks in the "Glass Ceiling"
African Americans in Elite Positions
Social Class
Media Concentration
Concentration of Individual Wealth
The Central Role of the Policy-Planning Groups
Competition among Elites
An Oligarchic Model of National Policy-Making
The Obama Effect
Power: Insider and Outsider Views
Who's Running America?
Notes
Index
About the Author

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