11-17 lecture - II. Pluralist Theory 1. Robert Dahl, Who...

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II. Pluralist Theory 1. Robert Dahl, Who Governs? 1. The method – to look at political decisions 2. unit of analysis is a set of decisions 2. Edward Banfield, Political Influence 3. Norton Long, “Local politics as an Ecology of Games” III. A. Theory: Power held by multiple groups; who has power varies from issue to issue IV. B. Focus: decisions V. C. method: find who influenced decision VI. D. critiques assumes that everyone has some access to a political system. Didnt take into account that there are groups frozen out all together from the system. Ie civil rights movement – groups of people who could not vote. Currently – undocumented immigrants. Elections matter III. Marxist/Class Theory 1. Gabriel Kolko Triumph of Conservatism 2. Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward Regulating the Poor 3. Goran Therborn, “What does the ruling class do when it rules?” IV. A. Theory: Power serves the capitalist class V. B. Focus: Outcomes VI. C. Method: Historical VII. D. Critique 1. Non-falsifiability
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