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Unformatted text preview: Soc 140 Lec. Oct. 4, 2007 Go to office hours – ask about populism- According to Domhoff, one of the key ways elite influence policy is through the networks they’ve set up: policy discussion groups, think tanks, and university research centers- It’s the network as a whole that shapes policy alternatives. Therborne (sp?)- Tearborne – the ruling class is not responsible for making all of the important decisions in society. The key question is how exactly the state goes bout ensuring the prevailing relations of production. o Looked at the impact that the state has on those productions. State intervention can allow continuing to or going against the prevailing relations of production. o There are a number of ways in which relations of production can be furthered in any given situation. - In any given state intervention may very well go against the current opinion of business organizations but may still facilitate capitalist relations of production o Ex. Wagner Act – goes against the opinion of certain sectors of capitalism, but furthered relations of production o Sherman Anti-Trust Act – against monopolies and cartels. Went against the opinion of the cartels and the trusts (1890), however, this still served to further capitalist relations of production (opened up more space for other capitalists to get in on business o 1890 – period when railroad barons were at their height. Several major monopolies in the US economy. In opposition to this, a Populist movement was emerging, bringing together working people, immigrants, newly emancipated blacks, smaller sale capital, and called capitalism into question as a whole, shortly after this legislation was enacted, a populist presidential candidate came close to winning the election in the US. Called for an end to trusts, and big business, arguing for the little guy. This legislation went against the interests and ideas of the trust, but it ameliorated the tensions within society which allowed capitalism to continue to go forward in the subsequent years....
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