These essays comprise recent theory and research on the role of elites within society. Four empirical studies consider power structures within organizations - corporations, government agencies and private social service agencies. The ways in which private organizations and their leaders relate to government are explored and theoretical essays on the role of elites from different perspectives are presented.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: INSIDE THE ORGANIZATIONThe Velvet Ghetto - Beth W Ghiloni Women, Power and the CorporationMinorities and Women of the Corporation - Richard L Zweigenhaft Will They Attain Seats of Power?Women in the Old-Boy Network - Gwen Moore The Case of New York State GovernmentElite Domination in Private Social Agencies - Susan A Ostrander How It Happens and How It Is ChallengedPART TWO: PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENTElite Cohesion in Dahl's New Haven - Scott M Soloway Three Centuries of the Private SchoolElite Organization and the Growth Machine - Ann O'M Bowman The Nonprofit Development CorporationWho Runs Louisiana? Institutions and Leaders at the State Level - Donn M Kurtz IIThe Limits of Power and Commitment - Elizabeth L Useem Corporate Elites and Education in the 1980sOrganizing Power for Policy Planning - Thomas R Dye The View from the Brookings InstitutionWhere Do Government Experts Come From? The CEA and the Policy-Planning Network - G William DomhoffPART THREE: ORGANIZATIONS AND POWER THEORYWhy Do Corporations Stick Together? An Interorganizational Theory of Class Cohesion - Mark S MizruchiInvitation to Elite Theory - Michael G Burton and John Higley The Basic Contentions ReconsideredElite Distemper Versus the Promise of Democracy - Clarence N Stone