Focal Concepts Sheet Eight--Pluralism and Elitism

Focal Concepts Sheet Eight--Pluralism and Elitism - PS103...

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PS103 Dr. Mitchel Gerber U.S. Political Systems Focal Concepts Sheet Eight: Pluralism and Elitism 1. Operational Significance of the Pluralist or Interest Group Theory or Interest Group Liberal Model or Approach to the Distribution of Power in the U.S. This model is used to critically interpret the distribution of power and decision-making in the American political system and society. According to the interest group perspective, power and decision-making is broadly distributed in the American political system and society. Political and economic power and decision-making are not limited to an elite or concentrated in a few individuals or groups in society. 2. Operational Significance of the Elitist or Elitism Model or Approach to the Distribution of Power in the U.S. This is an alternative model used to critically interpret the distribution of power and decision- making in the American political system and society. According to the elitist perspective, power and decision-making is narrowly limited in the American political system and society. Political and economic power and decision-making are limited to an elite or concentrated in a few individuals or groups in society. 3. Brief Bibliography of Relevant Sources C. Wright Mills, Roberto Michels, and William Domhoff have written classical works that rely upon the elitist perspective in the critical interpretation of the distribution of political and economic power and decision-making. Arthur F. Bentley, David Truman, and Robert Dahl have written classical works that rely upon the interest group perspective in the critical interpretation of the distribution of political and economic power and decision-making. 4. Basic Assumptions and Claims of the Pluralist or Interest Group Model
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