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Who Really Rules? New Haven and Community Power Reexamined

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Robert A. Dahl's Who Governs? is a classic pluralist study which has had an important influence on American social science since the early sixties. Who Really Rules? provides a categorical challenge-empirical, methodological, and theoretical-to Dahl's work. Empirically, Domhoff's restudy of New Haven shows through newly discovered documents that Dahl was wrong about the pl ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 1st 1987 by Taylor & Francis (first published 1978)
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Steven Peterson
Aug 14, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
This book reexamines the classic pluralist analysis of Robert Dahl in his major work, "Who Rules?" In that work, Dahl argues that examining a set of decisions made in New Haven, one could infer that the decision making process was pluralist, in which a number of groups/actors had a role to play. This, in opposition to the "elitist" theory, in which a small handful of people accrues power. This book reexamines Dahl's work, and concludes that he was too optimistic about widespread dispersion of po ...more
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