State Autonomy Or Class Dominance?: Case Studies on Policy Making in America (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 296 pages
0 Reviews

In his new book G. William Domhoff provides the most thorough critique to date of state autonomy theory as it has been applied to the American federal government. The view under attack holds that the federal government, rather than the banks and corporations, wields greater power in the United States. Utilizing new arguments and new archival findings, this book challenges every case study that state autonomy theorists have done on the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and World War II. Domhoff then concludes with an analysis of why the theory received so much attention.

In addition to demonstrating the weaknesses of state autonomy theory in the case of the U.S., the book presents a step-by-step statement of the author's non-Marxian class dominance theory, defining each concept clearly and suggesting the kind of evidence necessary to support it. The chapters on the origins of the Social Security Act 1935 and on the role of corporations in the industrial mobilization for World War II lead to general statements on the factors that limit the effectiveness of liberal and labor political forces in America; the chapter on the Progressive Era contains an analysis of why the corporate community has been more powerful in the United States than in Europe.

Although it is part of a continuing debate with other experts, the author has marshaled his argument in a style that is always accessible. As a result, the book is ideal for use in courses in which the instructor wants to compare and contrast original presentations of rival viewpoints by major proponents of the debated theories.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

DEFINING AND TESTING THE CLASS DOMINANCE
7
Specifying the Class Dominance Framework
19
Conservatives Liberals and Class Conflict
40
NEW DEAL AGRICULTURAL POLICY
51
THE ORIGINS AND FAILURE OF THE
101
HOW THE ROCKEFELLER NETWORK SHAPED
117
Background to Social Insurance
125
The Drafting Process
149
INDUSTRIAL MOBILIZATION AND THE MILITARY
177
Contracts and Investments
185
Control of Military Bureaucracy
193
The Controlled Materials Policy
204
The Removal of Controls on Business
213
Conclusion
225
SOCIAL LEGISLATION IN THE PROGRESSIVE
231
THE RETURN TO NORMALCY
253

Unemployment Compensation
156
The Business Advisory Council
163
Who Won Who Lost and Why?
169
NOTES
259
INDEX
285
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information