Today’s Agenda. DISCUSS WHAT IS POWER? DISCUSS WHO ARE THE POWERFUL? WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WEALTH AND POWER? DEFINE POWER AS WE WILL USE IT. DISCUSS DIFFERENT THEORIES OF POWER. DISCUSS DISTRIBUTION OF POWER IN THE UNITED STATES. What is Power . Weber’s definition
The chance of men or a number of men to realize their desires in opposition to others who are participating in the action.
Society is composed of competing groups vying for power. No one group dominates all of the time. Balance is created by competition and coalitions
Power in modern society is centralized in power elite as a result of historical changes that made top three institutions so similar and powerful that coalesced their interest and might.
There exists a small group with more than their share of power. There are important connections between economic and political institutions.
Structure of capitalism has developed in such a way that government must act to support capitalism in general. It is the structure of capitalism in which the government is embedded rather than individuals or positions that drives government policies to protect capitalists’ interest.
The Media Connection
How Much Spent on Campaigns
Most expensive Races
The Big Picture