Who Rules America? : Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-16
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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

Prefacep. viii
Introduction: This Is the Ideal Historical Moment to Be Reading This Bookp. xi
Class and Power in Americap. 1
What Is a Social Class?p. 1
Social Class According to Social Scientistsp. 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 Powerp. 13
Three Power Indicatorsp. 15
What Do Other Social Scientists Think?p. 20
Here's the Planp. 21
The Corporate Communityp. 24
The Unexpected Origins of the Corporate Communityp. 26
The Board of Directorsp. 28
The Corporate Community Todayp. 30
The Director Network as an "Inner Circle"p. 35
Strategic Alliances/Producer Networksp. 37
Is There a Separate Military-Industrial Complex?p. 38
The Incorporation of High-Tech Companiesp. 40
The Corporate Lawyersp. 43
From Small Farms to Giant Agribusinessesp. 45
Small Business: Not a Counterweightp. 47
Local Businesses Form Growth Coalitionsp. 49
Structural Power and Its Limitsp. 51
The Corporate Community and the Upper Classp. 55
Prepping for Powerp. 57
Social Clubsp. 61
The Feminine Half of the Upper Classp. 68
Dropouts, Failures, and Change Agentsp. 71
Continuity and Upward Mobilityp. 72
The Upper Class and Corporate Controlp. 74
Where Do Corporate Executives Come from?p. 80
The Assimilation of Rising Corporate Executivesp. 81
Class Awareness: A Capitalist Mentalityp. 83
The Policy-Planning Networkp. 85
An Overview of the Policy-Planning Networkp. 87
Foundationsp. 90
Think Tanksp. 97
The Mixed Role of Universities in American Power Conflictsp. 99
The Policy-Discussion Groupsp. 100
The Committee for Economic Development: A Policy Group in Declinep. 107
The Business Councilp. 111
The Business Roundtablep. 111
The Liberal-Labor Policy Networkp. 113
The Power Elitep. 115
The Role of Public Opinionp. 119
The Opinion-Shaping Networkp. 120
Striving to Shape Opinion on Foreign Policyp. 130
Trying to Shape Opinion on Economic Policiesp. 132
Creating Doubt about Scientific Findingsp. 135
Social Issuesp. 137
The Role of the Mass Mediap. 139
The Role of Public Opinion Surveysp. 144
The Enforcement of Public Opinionp. 144
When Public Opinion Can and Cannot Be Ignoredp. 146
Parties and Electionsp. 147
When and How Do Elections Matter?p. 147
Why Only Two Major Parties?p. 150
Republicans and Democratsp. 152
Party Primaries as Government Structuresp. 156
The Critical Importance of Campaign Financep. 159
The Obama Financial Networkp. 163
Other Corporate Support for Candidatesp. 166
The Results of the Candidate-Selection Processp. 168
The Liberal-Labor Coalition in Electoral Politicsp. 171
How the Power Elite Dominate Governmentp. 173
The Role of Governmentsp. 174
The Special-Interest Processp. 176
The Policy-Making Processp. 179
Appointees to Governmentp. 183
Is the Obama Administration Different?p. 187
Supreme Court Appointmentsp. 195
The Great Exception: Labor Policyp. 198
Why Do Business Leaders Feel Powerless?p. 204
The Limits of Corporate Dominationp. 208
The Big Picturep. 210
A Critique of Alternative Theoriesp. 212
Why Is the Corporate Community So Powerful?p. 219
Potential Challenges to Class Dominationp. 225
The Transformation of American Politicsp. 225
Will the Obama Administration Challenge Class Domination?p. 229
Challenges to Class Dominance through Social Disruptionp. 233
Appendix: Indicators of Upper-Class Standingp. 236
Referencesp. 240
Indexp. 259
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