Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich / Edition 7

Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich / Edition 7

by G. William Domhoff
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Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich / Edition 7

Blending together class, organizational, and institutional perspectives, along with a wide range of unique new empirical information the author has assembled, Who Rules America? is an invaluable tool for teaching students about how power operates in U.S. society. This classic text has been completely updated to capture the full sweep of the dramatic changes that occurred in the United States during the first twelve years of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780078026713
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 05/24/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 186,408
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Introduction x

1 Power and Class in America 1

What Is Power? 1

The Social Science View of Power 2

Three Power Indicators 4

What Is a Social Class? 8

Social Class According to Social Scientists 10

A Guide to What Follows 13

2 The Corporate Community 16

The Unexpected Origins of the Corporate Community 18

The Board of Directors 20

The Corporate Community 22

The Director Network as a Leadership Group 28

The Corporate Lawyers 29

From Small Farms to Agrifood Businesses 31

Small Business: Not a Counterweight 33

Local Businesses Form Growth Coalitions 36

Structural Power and Its Limits 39

3 The Corporate Community and the Upper Class 42

Is There an American Upper Class? 44

Prepping for Power 46

Social Clubs 50

The Feminine Half of the Upper Class 57

Dropouts, Failures, and Change Agents 59

Continuity and Upward Mobility 60

Is the Upper Class an Economic Class? 62

The Upper Class and Corporate Control 65

Where Do Corporate Executives Come From? 69

The Assimilation of Rising Corporate Executives 70

Class Awareness 72

4 The Policy-Planning Network 74

An Overview of the Policy-Planning Network 76

Corporate Interlocks with Think Tanks and Policy Groups 79

Foundations 81

Think Tanks 88

The Mixed Role of Universities in American Power Conflicts 91

The Policy-Discussion Groups 93

The Committee for Economic Development 98

The Liberal-Labor Policy Network 102

The Power Elite 104

The Policy-Planning Network in Perspective 106

5 The Role of Public Opinion 109

An Overview of the Opinion-Shaping Network 110

Striving to Shape Opinion on Foreign Policy 120

Trying to Shape Opinion on Economic Policies 122

The Power Elite and Social Issues 125

The Role of the Mass Media 126

Attempts to "Enforce" Public Opinion 129

When Public Opinion Can and Cannot Be Ignored 130

6 Parties and Elections 132

Electoral Rules as Containment Strategies 132

Electoral Constraints and Voter Suppression in America 133

How Growth Coalitions Changed Electoral Rules 135

How Elections Nonetheless Matter 136

Why Only Two Major Parties? 137

Republicans and Democrats 140

Party Primaries as Government Structures 145

The Big, Not Determinative, Role of Campaign Finance 146

The Obama Donor Network: A Case History 151

Other Corporate Support for Candidates 155

The Liberal-Labor Alliance in Electoral Politics 157

The Results of the Candidate Selection Process 158

But There's S till Uncertainty 161

7 How the Power Elite Dominate Government 162

The Role of Governments 163

The Special-Interest Process 164

The Policy-Making Process 168

Appointees to Government 174

The First Obama Administration 175

Supreme Court Appointments 177

The Liberal-Labor Alliance and Congress 181

Corporate Complaints of Impotence: Their Real Fears 186

The Limits of Corporate Domination 189

8 The Big Picture 192

Why are the Corporate Rich So Powerful? 194

The Transformation of the American Power Structure 197

Power and Social Change 202

9 What Do Other Social Scientists Think? 203

Pluralism 203

Historical Institutionalism 208

The Organizational State Perspective 212

Elite Theory 214

Finding Common Ground 218

References 221

Index 245

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