Lecture 6 Feb 6

Lecture 6 Feb 6 - b) Decline of mass groups (unions,...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 6 February 6, 2007 Political Power in Theory and Practice 1) Agenda a) Inequality and contemporary governance b) The ‘community power debate’ and its implications and omissions c) Does business enjoy a ‘privileged’ place in American politics 2) Why might economic inequality beget political inequality? a) Money buys speech/access/influence b) The better off have networks and connections that worse off do not c) The better off participate more and in more influential ways d) The better off are more knowledgeable about policies and how they affect them e) Inequality creates quiescence among those on the losing end (we can’t change anything!) 3) The changing political universe a) Decline in mass parties
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Unformatted text preview: b) Decline of mass groups (unions, fraternals) i) Drastic decline in union membership c) Proliferation of groups d) Rise of specialized advocacy organizations, often oriented around post materials issues e) Hyperpluralism i) 1960-365 registered lobbying groups ii) 200145000 registered lobbying groups 4) The Pluralists Respond a) Dahl b) Power involves a successful attempt by A to get B to do something he would not otherwise do c) Power judged by observation of decision-making in particular areas (nominations, education, redevelopment) d) Conclusion: Pluralism i) Different people dominated at different times in different domains 5) Preferences vs. Goals...
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