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Class+Notes++2-9-09-5 - V-161 Spring 2009 Class Notes...

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V-161 Spring 2009 Class Notes February 9, 2009 City Government (Part 2) The five viewpoints on urban government Pluralism Robert Dahl’s Who governs? Three basic groups: Constituents – largest group Sub-leaders – much smaller group than constituents Leaders – the smallest group Dahl believes that the sub-leaders and leaders form the political stratum . The political stratum represents the group that actually makes political decisions. The political stratum has most influence on government decisions. The political stratum is limited by the will of the masses, constituents The constituents are not concerned with most political decisions. Dahl uses data from New Haven, Connecticut Mayors from 1784 to 1953 1784 to 1840 Patricians – lawyers, judges former politicians 1840 to 1900 Entrepreneurs- Business leaders 1900 to 1950 Ex Plebes – Rose from the working class Pluralist view – There is no ruling class; diversity of opinions Regimes and Elites Dahl had critics concerning his theory
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