Who's Running America?

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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, ...
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Overview

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.

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**** The third edition (on Reagan) is cited in BCL3. Dye (political science, Florida State U.) combines a theoretical and practical analysis of institutional power with critical profiles of the individuals and groups at the top of the institutional structures of American society. He includes not only the Washington leadership in the Bush administration, but also recent developments in corporate governance and influence. His profiles are somewhat idiosyncratic (he's completely uncritical of Reagan, extremely critical of Ted Kennedy, and balanced in his treatment of Jesse Jackson), but on the whole well-informed and engagingly written. Primarily an undergraduate text, but with appeal for nonacademics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612055558
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 598,119
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He was formerly McKenzie Professor of Government. He received his BS and MA degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy, including The Irony of Democracy, now in its fourteenth edition; Politics in States and Communities and Understanding Public Policy, both now in their fourteenth editions; Politics in Florida; American Politics in the Media Age; Power and Society; American Federalism; Top Down Policymaking; and Politics, Economics and the Public.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Elitism in a Democracy
Chapter 2 The Corporate Directors
Chapter 3 The Money Elite
Chapter 4 The Media Moguls
Chapter 5 The Governing Circles
Chapter 6 The Civic Establishment
Chapter 7 How Institutional Elites Make Public Policy
Chapter 8 The Structure of Institutional Power
Chapter 9 Institutional Elites in America
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