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The Myth of Liberal Ascendancy: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession Hardcover – July 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1612052557 ISBN-10: 161205255X

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Whether or not they agree with him, historians and political scientists will need to reckon with the reach of Domhoff's argument, the depth of his research, and the controlled passion underlying both. Library Journal -- Library Journal

About the Author

G. William Domhoff, Professor Emeritus at UC–Santa Cruz, is the author of Who Rules America? (6th edition 2009) and The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies (2011).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161205255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612052557
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,671,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G. William Domhoff, who goes by "Bill," is a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Born into an apolitical middle-American family in what he and his friends thought of as the Midwest (Ohio), he received his B.A. at Duke University, his M.A. at Kent State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Miami. He has been teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 1965.

Visit Bill's Web site at http://whorulesamerica.net/ for published articles, supplemental reading, and a 2014 YouTube video that touches on many topics from his latest research.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Social Scientist Consumer Victim on November 14, 2013
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G. William Domhoff is possibly the world’s authority on the influence America’s corporate elite has upon state policy. In this book, he puts to rest any claim that their influence has ever waned. He looks at so-called “liberal periods,” like the New Deal, when there clearly were reforms, beneficial to the ordinary citizens, and shows they were possible only because a sector of the upper class judged them as serving their interests as well. From the Great Depression to the Great Recession, a conflict brewed within the corporate elite. On one side were “liberals”, who believed the long-term viable of capitalism required accommodations to labor and other non-rich. On the other side were “conservatives” who were unwilling to make any concessions that would dilute capitalist purity. With both sides committed to preserving capitalism and protecting corporate interest, the factions agreed on far more than they disagreed.

Even in times like the New Deal or the Great Society, the conservatives were ever-present and able to place severe constraints on any possible reforms. Those reforms were largely a liberal capitalist accommodation to demands from labor, women, racial minority and left-wing students. The corporate liberals transmuted this left opposition in ways, which served them. Feminism and civil rights were manipulated to integrate those movements’ potential leadership into the corporate hierarchy. These concessions were never acceptable to conservatives, who were now able to undermine the labor movement and its allies and galvanize support among working class whites who feared their jobs, communities, values and life style were under attack.
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