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Who rules America? : challenges to corporate and class dominance

Blending together class, organizational, and institutional perspectives, along with a range of empirical information the author has assembled, this book is a tool for teaching students about how power operates in US society.
Print Book, English, 2014
Seventh edition View all formats and editions
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2014
pages cm
9780078026713, 0078026717
Machine generated contents note: 1. Power and Class in America
What Is Power?
The Social Science View of Power
Three Power Indicators
What Is a Social Class?
Social Class According to Social Scientists
A Guide to What Follows
2. The Corporate Community
The Unexpected Origins of the Corporate Community
The Board of Directors
The Corporate Community
The Director Network as a Leadership Group
The Corporate Lawyers
From Small Farms to Agrifood Businesses
Small Business: Not a Counterweight
Local Businesses Form Growth Coalitions
Structural Power and Its Limits
3. The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Is There an American Upper Class?
Prepping for Power
Social Clubs
The Feminine Half of the Upper Class
Dropouts, Failures, and Change Agents
Continuity and Upward Mobility
Is the Upper Class an Economic Class?
The Upper Class and Corporate Control
Where Do Corporate Executives Come From? Contents note continued: The Assimilation of Rising Corporate Executives
Class Awareness
4. The Policy-Planning Network
An Overview of the Policy-Planning Network
Corporate Interlocks with Think Tanks and Policy Groups
Think Tanks
The Mixed Role of Universities in American Power Conflicts
The Policy-Discussion Groups
The Committee for Economic Development
The Liberal-Labor Policy Network
The Power Elite
The Policy-Planning Network in Perspective
5. The Role of Public Opinion
An Overview of the Opinion-Shaping Network
Striving to Shape Opinion on Foreign Policy
Trying to Shape Opinion on Economic Policies
The Power Elite and Social Issues
The Role of the Mass Media
Attempts to "Enforce" Public Opinion
When Public Opinion Can and Cannot Be Ignored
6. Parties and Elections
Electoral Rules as Containment Strategies
Electoral Constraints and Voter Suppression in America. Contents note continued: How Growth Coalitions Changed Electoral Rules
How Elections Nonetheless Matter
Why Only Two Major Parties?
Republicans and Democrats
Party Primaries as Government Structures
The Big, Not Determinative, Role of Campaign Finance
The Obama Donor Network: A Case History
Other Corporate Support for Candidates
The Liberal-Labor Alliance in Electoral Politics
The Results of the Candidate Selection Process
But There's Still Uncertainty
7. How the Power Elite Dominate Government
The Role of Governments
The Special-Interest Process
The Policy-Making Process
Appointees to Government
The First Obama Administration
Supreme Court Appointments
The Liberal-Labor Alliance and Congress
Corporate Complaints of Impotence: Their Real Fears
The Limits of Corporate Domination
8. The Big Picture
Why are the Corporate Rich So Powerful?
The Transformation of the American Power Structure. Contents note continued: Power and Social Change
9. What Do Other Social Scientists Think?
Historical Institutionalism
The Organizational State Perspective
Elite Theory
Finding Common Ground