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Unformatted text preview: Week 5: The Ruling Class and Elites Sept. 24, 2010 The Power Elite • Alternative Perspectives o Pluralist View would argue the Power Elite view doesn’t make sense Power is not concentrated; it is shared, groups are relatively autonomous of each other and become politically active primarily around specific issues Average citizens can have influence No single Permanent structure of power o The Ruling ­class View more power and influence to the working class Dominance of the economic institution ad position within it Bottom of the power structure more active and effectual as a working class Relationship between the upper class or bourgeoisie and political power is portrayed as being much tighter than is the case in Mill’s power ­elite theory 1) Foundations: a. Power to encourage the development of ideas How the elite influence 2) Think ­tanks: what is the decision and a. Focus on pressing problems of our day how it’s made 3) Policy Discussion Orgs: a. Work together to form a compromise ...
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