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Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance

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ISBN-10: 0078111560

ISBN-13: 9780078111563

Edition: 6th 2010

Authors: G. William Domhoff

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Drawing from a power elite perspective and the latest empirical data, this classic text is an invaluable tool for teaching students about how power operates in U.S. society. Domhoff argues that the owners and top-level managers in large income-producing properties are far and away the dominant figures in the U.S. Their corporations, banks, and agribusinesses come together as a corporate community that dominates the federal government in Washington and their real estate, construction, and land development companies form growth coalitions that dominate most local governments. By providing empirical evidence for his argument, Domhoff encourages students to think critically about the power…    
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Book details

List price: $69.33
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 7/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: This Is the Ideal Historical Moment to Be Reading This Book
Class and Power in America
What Is a Social Class?
Social Class According to Social Scientists
Is There an American Upper Class?
Is the Upper Class an Economic Class?
What Is Power?
The Social Science View of Power
Three Power Indicators
What Do Other Social Scientists Think?
Here's the Plan
The Corporate Community
The Unexpected Origins of the Corporate Community
The Board of Directors
The Corporate Community Today
The Director Network as an "Inner Circle"
Strategic Alliances/Producer Networks
Is There a Separate Military-Industrial Complex?
The Incorporation of High-Tech Companies
The Corporate Lawyers
From Small Farms to Giant Agribusinesses
Small Business: Not a Counterweight
Local Businesses Form Growth Coalitions
Structural Power and Its Limits
The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Prepping for Power
Social Clubs
The Feminine Half of the Upper Class
Dropouts, Failures, and Change Agents
Continuity and Upward Mobility
The Upper Class and Corporate Control
Where Do Corporate Executives Come from?
The Assimilation of Rising Corporate Executives
Class Awareness: A Capitalist Mentality
The Policy-Planning Network
An Overview of the Policy-Planning Network
Think Tanks
The Mixed Role of Universities in American Power Conflicts
The Policy-Discussion Groups
The Committee for Economic Development: A Policy Group in Decline
The Business Council
The Business Roundtable
The Liberal-Labor Policy Network
The Power Elite
The Role of Public Opinion
The Opinion-Shaping Network
Striving to Shape Opinion on Foreign Policy
Trying to Shape Opinion on Economic Policies
Creating Doubt about Scientific Findings
Social Issues
The Role of the Mass Media
The Role of Public Opinion Surveys
The Enforcement of Public Opinion
When Public Opinion Can and Cannot Be Ignored
Parties and Elections
When and How Do Elections Matter?
Why Only Two Major Parties?
Republicans and Democrats
Party Primaries as Government Structures
The Critical Importance of Campaign Finance
The Obama Financial Network
Other Corporate Support for Candidates
The Results of the Candidate-Selection Process
The Liberal-Labor Coalition in Electoral Politics
How the Power Elite Dominate Government
The Role of Governments
The Special-Interest Process
The Policy-Making Process
Appointees to Government
Is the Obama Administration Different?
Supreme Court Appointments
The Great Exception: Labor Policy
Why Do Business Leaders Feel Powerless?
The Limits of Corporate Domination
The Big Picture
A Critique of Alternative Theories
Why Is the Corporate Community So Powerful?
Potential Challenges to Class Domination
The Transformation of American Politics
Will the Obama Administration Challenge Class Domination?
Challenges to Class Dominance through Social Disruption
Appendix: Indicators of Upper-Class Standing