In regards to urban politics, those with money, the people with the loudest voices,
lobbyists, and businessmen, ect, hold power.
In New Orleans, the mayor, President Cowen, celebrities (Drew Brees, James Carville),
voters, prominent families, the ch
*This Friday at noon theres a speaker on voter rights at the law school.
Dahl suggests that power is dispersed. The distribution of influence rests on sway and
numbers. Prior to 1840, patrician (old families)-congregationalist-federalist elite h
The Empirical Side of the Power Elite Debate: An Assessment and Critique of Recent
Three institutional orders which are closely linked but spatially and historically
independentthe corporate, the political and the militaryconstitute together
It is actually less democratic than machine politics.
It is the idea that urban areas need to be professionally managed.
Roosevelt hated machine politics.
Descendents of the landed elites were excluded from the machine.
Domhoffs Criticism of Dahl
He ignores the importance of other levels of government
o He is silent on the importance of state government
The stat is essential in providing financial subsidies and in agreeing to New
Havens desire for a large expressway th
Extra Credit Assignment on Urban Environmental Movement
Ecotourism in Costa Rica
In the new era of environmental awareness, its safe to say green is the new black. Lately
going green can mean anything from using energy efficient lightbulbs to buying local
Theorizing about the Structure of Urban Power
By sociologists- elites dominated urban politics
Floyd Hunter- a small group of top corporations
o He didnt foresee the conflicts resulting from white resistance to political
demands from th
Urban Politics Notes
Metropolitan government approach- organization theory and elements of reform
movement; single, large regional government would better serve the urban areas.
Public choice approachnumerous competing governm
Notes on Theoretical Perspective
Reality- relationship of the black political experience and the political machine
hardly a model of democracy and equalityyielded some strange and bitter
fruitclass, culture and racia