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ppclass12_13_may2011 - WHO RULES AMERICA? THEORIES 1 . BIG...

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Unformatted text preview: WHO RULES AMERICA? THEORIES 1 . BIG CORPORATIONS DOMINATE (Believed by Marxists and by most ordinary Americans) 2. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOMINATES (Arthur Schlesinger, The Imperial Presidency ) 3. A POWER ELITE DOMINATES (C.W. Mills, The Power Elite ) WHO RULES AMERICA? THEORIES 4 . TECHNICAL EXPERTS (e.g. pollsters) 5. A SOCIAL UPPER CLASS DOMINATES (Domhoff, Who Rules America Now ?) 6. AN INSTUTIONALLY BASED ELITE DOMINATES (Thomas Dye, Who ` s Running America? The Clinton Years ) WHO RULES AMERICA? THEORIES 7. PLURALISTS (Arnold Rose, The Power Structure . Robert Dahl, Who Governs? ) QUESTIONS THAT AN ADEQUATE THEORY OF WHO RULES AMERICA MUST ADDRESS 1. Is the political level just a front for some other level, or does it have some relative autonomy ? 2. Within the political level, does the Executive branch dominate Congress? 3. Is l public opinion z irrelevant (i.e. ignored by the power groups and/or manipulated by the media etc) ? QUESTIONS THAT AN ADEQUATE THEORY OF WHO RULES AMERICA MUST ADDRESS 4. Does a single group dominate, or does a combination of groups dominate? 5. If a combination of groups dominates, what holds them together ? QUESTIONS THAT AN ADEQUATE THEORY OF WHO RULES AMERICA MUST ADDRESS 6. Does the answer change depending on the time and circumstances (e.g. wartime or peacetime) 7 Does the answer change depending on the sphere (e.g . domestic issues versus issues of foreign affairs ) 8. How to define power ? Arthur Schlesinger The Imperial Presidency 1973 l By the early 1970s, the American President had become the most absolute monarch (except perhaps Mao-Tse Tung) among the great powers. z FORMAL POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT IN...
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 185 taught by Professor Halle during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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