Who Rules America?

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Who Rules America?
Who Rules America.jpg
Cover of first edition
Author G. William Domhoff, Ph.D.
Country United States
Publisher Prentice-Hall
Publication date
1967
Pages 288 pp
OCLC 256506
Followed by Who Rules America Now? (1983)
Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance (2009)
Who Rules America? Power and Politics (2013)
Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (2013)

Who Rules America? is a book by research psychologist and sociologist, G. William Domhoff, Ph.D., first published in 1967 as a best-seller (#12), with six subsequent editions including Who Rules America Now? (1983, #43), Who Rules America? Challenges to Corporate and Class Dominance (2009), Who Rules America? Power and Politics (2013), and Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (2013).

It is frequently assigned as a sociology textbook and argues against the concentration of power and wealth in the American upper class.[1] The 2010 edition[clarification needed] brings the discussion up to date and also includes the rise of Barack Obama, his campaign finance supporters, and the nature of his administration.

Summary[edit]

Domhoff argues in the book that a power elite wields power in America through its support of think-tanks, foundations, commissions, and academic departments.[2] Additionally, he argues that the elite controls institutions through overt authority, not through covert influence.[3]

In his introduction, Domhoff writes that the book was inspired by the work of four men: sociologists E. Digby Baltzell, C. Wright Mills, economist Paul Sweezy, and political scientist Robert A. Dahl.[4]

The University of California, Santa Cruz hosts his online summary collection, also titled "Who Rules America?"[5] .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WhoRulesAmerica.net". 
  2. ^ World of Sociology. Gale. November 2000. ISBN 978-0-7876-4965-4. 
  3. ^ Kenneth E. Miller (1967). "Who Rules America? by G. William Domhoff". Journal of Politics. 31: 565–567. doi:10.2307/2128630. 
  4. ^ G.William Domhoff (1967). Who Rules America?. p. 1. ISBN 0-13-958363-7. 
  5. ^ "Who Rules America?" blog at UCSC