An Internet Guide to Power Structure Research
Where to learn more about power structure research
To do power structure research it is first necessary to familiarize yourself with the findings of previous studies. Here are some suggestions about where to start.
All of the above books are available in the University of Oregon library, or you can order your own copy through one of the major online booksellers.
Below is a more complete listing of suggested readings in the field of power structure research.
General Works and Edited Volumes
G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America? Power and Politics.
C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite.
Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few.
G. William Domhoff, The Powers That Be.
Thomas Dye, Who’s Running America? The Clinton Years.
G. William Domhoff, ed., "New Directions in Power Structure Research," a special issue of The Insurgent Sociologist, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1975.
G. William Domhoff, ed., "Power Structure Research II," a special issue of The Insurgent Sociologist, Vol. 9, No. 2/3, 1979/80.
Val Burris, ed., "Analyzing Power Structures," a special issue of Critical Sociology, Vol. 16, No. 2/3, 1989.
Gwen Moore and J. Allen Whitt, eds., Research in Politics and Society, Vol. 4, 1992.
Michael Schwartz, ed., The Structure of Power in America.
Robert Perrucci and Harry R. Potter, eds., Networks of Power.
The American Upper Class
Michael Allen, The Founding Fortunes: An Anatomy of the Super-Rich Families in America.
United for a Fair Economy, Born on Third Base: The Sources of Wealth of the 1996 Forbes 400.
Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr., Old Money: The Mythology of America’s Upper Class.
G. William Domhoff and Richard L. Zweigenhaft, Diversity in the Power Elite.
Lawrence Otis Graham, Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class.
Stephen Birmingham, "Our Crowd" The Great Jewish Families of New York.
Susan Ostrander, Women of the Upper Class.
Val Burris, "The Myth of Old Money Liberalism: The Politics of the Forbes 400 Richest Americans," Social Problems, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2000.
Frederick Jaher, "The Gilded Elite: American Multimillionaires, 1865 to the Present," in W. D. Rubenstein, ed., Wealth and the Wealthy in the Modern World.
Frederick Jaher, The Urban Establishment: Upper Strata in Boston, New York, Charleston, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
G. William Domhoff, The Higher Circles.
G. William Domhoff, The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats.
Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America.
Cleveland Amory, Who Killed Society?
Cleveland Amory, The Proper Bostonians.
E. Digby Baltzell, Philadelphia Gentlemen: The Making of A National Upper Class.
E. Digby Baltzell, The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America.
E. Digby Baltzell, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia: Two Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Class, Authority, and Leadership.
Ferdinand Lundberg. The Rich and the Super-Rich.
Ferdinand Lundberg, America's Sixty Families.
Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class.
Corporations and Corporate Elites
Michael Useem, The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K..
Michael Useem, "The Inner Group of the Capitalist Class," Social Problems, Vol. 25, 1978.
Beth Mintz and Michael Schwartz, The Power Structure of American Business.
Beth Mintz and Michael Schwartz, "The Structure of Intercorporate Unity in American Business," Social Problems, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1981.
Maurice Zeitlin, The Large Corporation and Contemporary Classes.
Doug Henwood, Wall Street: How it Works and for Whom.
John Scott, "Networks of Corporate Power: A Comparative Assessment," Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 17, 1991.
Michael Useem, "Corporations and the Corporate Elite," Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 6, 1980.
Michael Patrick Allen, "Economic Interest Groups and the Corporate Elite Structure," Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 4, 1978.
Davita Silfen Glasberg and Michael Schwartz, "Ownership and Control of Corporations," Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 9, 1983.
Philip H. Burch, "The American Establishment," Research in Political Economy, Vol. 6, 1983.
Mark S. Mizruchi and Michael Schwartz, eds., Intercorporate Relations: The Structural Analysis of Business.
Mark S. Mizruchi, The American Corporate Network: 1904-1974.
Mark S. Mizruchi, The Structure of Corporate Political Action.
Val Burris, "Interlocking Directorates and Political Cohesion among Corporate Elites," American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 111, No. 1, 2004.
Edward S. Herman, Corporate Control, Corporate Power.
David M. Kotz, Bank Control of Large Corporations in the United States.
John Scott, Corporations, Classes, and Capitalism.
David Vogel, Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America.
Kim McQuaid, Big Business and Presidential Power.
Money and Politics
Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and Mark Weller, Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy.
Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and Denise Scott, Money Talks: Corporate PACs and Political Influence.
Charles Lewis, The Buying of the President 2000.
Thomas Ferguson, Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems.
G. William Domhoff, Fat Cats and Democrats: The Role of the Big Rich in the Party of the Common Man.
Michael J. Webber, New Deal Fat Cats.
Thomas B. Edsall, Power and Money.
Thomas B. Edsall, The New Politics of Inequality.
Elizabeth Drew, The Corruption of American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why.
Elizabeth Drew, Politics and Money: The New Road to Corruption.
Larry J. Sabato, PAC Power: Inside the World of Political Action Committees.
Clifford Brown, Lynda Powell, and Clyde Wilcox, Serious Money.
Val Burris, "The Two Faces of Capital: Corporations and Individual Capitalists as Political Actors," American Sociological Review, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2001.
Val Burris, "The Political Partisanship of American Business," American Sociological Review, Vol. 52, 1987.
Val Burris, "Director Interlocks and the Political Behavior of Corporations and Corporate Elites," Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 72, 1991.
Val Burris and James Salt, "The Politics of Capitalist Class Segments: A Test of Corporate Liberalism Theory, Social Problems, Vol. 37, No. 3, 1990.
Dan Clawson, Allen Kaufman, and Alan Neustadtl, "Corporate PACs for a New Pax Americana," Insurgent Sociologist, Vol. 13, 1985.
Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and James Bearden, "The Logic of Business Unity : Corporate Contributions in the 1980 Congressional Elections," American Sociological Review, Vol. 51, 1986.
Dan Clawson and Alan Neustadtl, "Interlocks, PACs, and Corporate Conservatism," American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 94, 1989.
Mark S. Mizruchi and Thomas Koenig, "Economic Sources of Corporate Political Consensus," American Sociological Review, Vol. 51, 1986.
Mark S. Mizruchi, "Similarity of Political Behavior among Large American Corporations," American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 95, 1989.
John L. Boies, "Money, Business, and the State," American Sociological Review, Vol. 54, 1989.
Michael Patrick Allen and Philip Broyles, "Class Hegemony and Political Finance: Presidential Campaign Contributions of Wealthy Capitalist Families," American Sociological Review, Vol. 54, 1989.
Philip A. Broyles, "The Corporate Elite Goes to Washington: Presidential Campaign Contributions of Corporate Officers," Social Science Research, Vol. 22, 1993.
Thomas R. Dye, Top Down Policymaking.
Joseph G. Peschek, Policy-Planning Organizations: Elite Agendas and America's Rightward Turn.
James Allen Smith, The Idea Brokers: Think Tanks and the Rise of the New Policy Elite.
G. William Domhoff, The Power Elite and the State: How Policy is Made in America.
Michael C. Dreiling, "The Class Embeddedness of Corporate Political Action: Leadership in Defense of the NAFTA," Social Problems, Vol. 47, No. 1, 2000.
Val Burris, "Elite Policy-Planning Networks in the United States," Research in Politics and Society, Vol. 4, 1992.
Val Burris, "The Interlock Structure of the Policy-Planning Network and the Right Turn in U.S. State Policy" Research in Political Sociology, Vol. 17, 2008.
Richard E. Ratcliff and David Jaffee, "Capitalists vs. the Unions: An Analysis of Antiunion Political Mobilization among Business Leaders," Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, Vol. 4, 1981.
J. Allen Whitt, Urban Elites and Mass Transportation.
Philip H. Burch, Elites in American History, 3 volumes.
Philip H. Burch, Reagan, Bush, and Right-Wing Politics: Elites, Think Tanks, Power, and Policy, 2 volumes.
Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton, Reagan's Ruling Class.
Jerome Himmelstein, Looking Good and Doing Good: Corporate Philanthropy and Corporate Power.
Laurence H. Shoup and William Minter, Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and American Foreign Policy.
Robert Arnove, ed., Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism: The Foundations at Home and Abroad.
Teresa Odendahl. Charity Begins at Home: Generosity and Self-Interest among the Philanthropic Elite.
John B. Judis, The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust.
The Right Wing
Sara Diamond, Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States.
Russ Bellant, The Coors Connection: How Coors Family Philanthropy Undermines Democratic Pluralism.
Jerome Himmelstein, To the Right: The Transformation of American Conservatism.
Thomas Ferguson and Joel Rogers, Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics.
J. Craig Jenkins and Teri Shumate, "Cowboy Capitalists and the Rise of the New Right," Social Problems, Vol. 33, No. 2, 1985.
Val Burris, "Business Support for the New Right" Socialist Review, No. 91, 1987.
Mike Davis, "The New Right's Road to Power," New Left Review, No. 128, 1981.
Kirkpatrick Sale, Power Shift: The Rise of the Southern Rim and Its Challenge to the Eastern Establishment.
Sidney Blumenthal, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment.
John S. Saloma, Ominous Politics: The New Conservative Labyrinth.
Sara Diamond, Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right.
Clyde Wilcox, God's Warriors: The Christian Right in Twentieth-Century America.
Alan Crawford, Thunder on the Right.
State and Local Power Structures
Floyd Hunter, Community Power Structure.
Robert Dahl, Who Governs?
G. William Domhoff, Who Really Rules? New Haven and Community Power Re-examined.
G. William Domhoff, The Leftmost City: Power and Progressive Politics in Santa Cruz. Click here for accompanying website.
Nelson W. Polsby, Community Power and Political Theory.
Harvey Moloch, "The City as a Growth Machine," American Journal of Sociology, September, 1976.
John Logan and Harvey Moloch, Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place
J. Allen Whitt, Urban Elites and Mass Transportation.
Richard Ratcliff et al., "The Civic Involvement of Bankers," Social Problems, Vol. 26, 1979.
Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.
E. Kimbark MacColl, Merchants, Money, and Power: The Portland Establishment, 1843-1913.
E. Kimbark MacColl, The Shaping of a City: Business and Politics in Portland, Oregon, 1885-1915.
E. Kimbark MacColl, The Growth of a City: Power and Politics in Portland, Oregon, 1915-1950.
The Mass Media
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.
Benjamin Compaine, ed., Who Owns the Media? Concentration of Ownership in the Mass Communications Industry.
Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly.
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