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It is an exciting time to consider the question of who rules America. Indeed, it is an exciting time to consider the question of who might rule the country a few years from now. The sixth edition of G. William Domhoff's classic text Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance describes how power and influence are exercised in American society, while focusing specifically on the shifting tide represented by the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: This Is the Ideal Historical Moment to Be Reading This Book||p. xi|
|Class and Power in America||p. 1|
|What Is a Social Class?||p. 1|
|Social Class According to Social Scientists||p. 4|
|Is There an American Upper Class?||p. 7|
|Is the Upper Class an Economic Class?||p. 10|
|What Is Power?||p. 12|
|The Social Science View of Power||p. 13|
|Three Power Indicators||p. 15|
|What Do Other Social Scientists Think?||p. 20|
|Here's the Plan||p. 21|
|The Corporate Community||p. 24|
|The Unexpected Origins of the Corporate Community||p. 26|
|The Board of Directors||p. 28|
|The Corporate Community Today||p. 30|
|The Director Network as an "Inner Circle"||p. 35|
|Strategic Alliances/Producer Networks||p. 37|
|Is There a Separate Military-Industrial Complex?||p. 38|
|The Incorporation of High-Tech Companies||p. 40|
|The Corporate Lawyers||p. 43|
|From Small Farms to Giant Agribusinesses||p. 45|
|Small Business: Not a Counterweight||p. 47|
|Local Businesses Form Growth Coalitions||p. 49|
|Structural Power and Its Limits||p. 51|
|The Corporate Community and the Upper Class||p. 55|
|Prepping for Power||p. 57|
|Social Clubs||p. 61|
|The Feminine Half of the Upper Class||p. 68|
|Dropouts, Failures, and Change Agents||p. 71|
|Continuity and Upward Mobility||p. 72|
|The Upper Class and Corporate Control||p. 74|
|Where Do Corporate Executives Come from?||p. 80|
|The Assimilation of Rising Corporate Executives||p. 81|
|Class Awareness: A Capitalist Mentality||p. 83|
|The Policy-Planning Network||p. 85|
|An Overview of the Policy-Planning Network||p. 87|
|Think Tanks||p. 97|
|The Mixed Role of Universities in American Power Conflicts||p. 99|
|The Policy-Discussion Groups||p. 100|
|The Committee for Economic Development: A Policy Group in Decline||p. 107|
|The Business Council||p. 111|
|The Business Roundtable||p. 111|
|The Liberal-Labor Policy Network||p. 113|
|The Power Elite||p. 115|
|The Role of Public Opinion||p. 119|
|The Opinion-Shaping Network||p. 120|
|Striving to Shape Opinion on Foreign Policy||p. 130|
|Trying to Shape Opinion on Economic Policies||p. 132|
|Creating Doubt about Scientific Findings||p. 135|
|Social Issues||p. 137|
|The Role of the Mass Media||p. 139|
|The Role of Public Opinion Surveys||p. 144|
|The Enforcement of Public Opinion||p. 144|
|When Public Opinion Can and Cannot Be Ignored||p. 146|
|Parties and Elections||p. 147|
|When and How Do Elections Matter?||p. 147|
|Why Only Two Major Parties?||p. 150|
|Republicans and Democrats||p. 152|
|Party Primaries as Government Structures||p. 156|
|The Critical Importance of Campaign Finance||p. 159|
|The Obama Financial Network||p. 163|
|Other Corporate Support for Candidates||p. 166|
|The Results of the Candidate-Selection Process||p. 168|
|The Liberal-Labor Coalition in Electoral Politics||p. 171|
|How the Power Elite Dominate Government||p. 173|
|The Role of Governments||p. 174|
|The Special-Interest Process||p. 176|
|The Policy-Making Process||p. 179|
|Appointees to Government||p. 183|
|Is the Obama Administration Different?||p. 187|
|Supreme Court Appointments||p. 195|
|The Great Exception: Labor Policy||p. 198|
|Why Do Business Leaders Feel Powerless?||p. 204|
|The Limits of Corporate Domination||p. 208|
|The Big Picture||p. 210|
|A Critique of Alternative Theories||p. 212|
|Why Is the Corporate Community So Powerful?||p. 219|
|Potential Challenges to Class Domination||p. 225|
|The Transformation of American Politics||p. 225|
|Will the Obama Administration Challenge Class Domination?||p. 229|
|Challenges to Class Dominance through Social Disruption||p. 233|
|Appendix: Indicators of Upper-Class Standing||p. 236|
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