Who Rules America?: Power, Politics, and Social Change / Edition 5

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This text is an invaluable tool for teaching students about how power operates in U.S. society. Its author 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 dominate the federal government in Washington, while their real estate, construction, and land development companies dominate most local governments. By providing empirical evidence for his argument, William C. Domhoff encourages students to think critically about the power structure in American society and its implications for our democracy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072876253
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/8/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Class and power in America 1
2 The corporate community 21
3 The corporate community and the upper class 49
4 The policy-planning network 77
5 The role of public opinion 109
6 Parties and elections 135
7 How the power elite dominate government 161
8 The big picture 199
App. A How to do research on power 217
App. B Indicators of upper-class standing 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    An Indispensable Exposé on How Our Democracy REALLY Works!

    Professor Domhoff poses (and answers) these questions: - Is there a wealthy class in America? If so, do they connect in any empirical way with huge corporations, financial institutions, and large agribusinesses? - How can a highly competitive group of corporate leaders cooperate enough to work their common will in the political and policy arenas? - How is it possible for these groups to exert so much influence in a supposedly free and democratic society? The answers to these questions are not secret, but neither are they everyday news. With the aid of sociological and empirical studies, Domhoff describes the extensive interlocking relationships between the very wealthy class, huge corporations, trade organizations, policy planning organizations, think tanks, and the many ways they influence (and even merge with) our government. After reading this book, one might wonder if the welfare of the common people is ever taken into account in government decisions. And that is the point. Indeed, Domhoff clearly demonstrates that most policy battles in government, though cloaked in rhetoric about the general welfare, are actually fights among different moneyed and powerful interests when their usual interrelationships and consensus building organizations (above) are unable to produce a united front.

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