list of books taken from Val Buris

  • Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and Mark Weller: Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy.
  • Sara Diamond, Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States.
  • Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.


  • 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.

american upper class

  • 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.

corporation 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 & 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.

Top down policymaking

  • 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.

US 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.

Local & Community

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

decentral systems

company registers

1. Standard & Poor’s Register. Vol. 1. Corporations. Annual. HG4057.A4 Discontinued in 1995; older volumes in stacks
2. Dun and Bradstreet, Million Dollar Directory, 5 vols. Annual. HF5035.D82 Discontinued in 1978; a few older volumes in stacks
3. Moody’s Investor Service, Moody’s Manuals. Multiple volumes. Includes Industrial Manual, Bank and Finance Manual, etc. Annual with supplements. Discontinued in 2000; older volumes on Docs Business Index Table
4. Ward’s Business Directory U.S. Private and Public Companies. 7 vols. Annual. HG4057.A56 Discontinued; older volumes in stacks
5. Dun and Bradstreet, America’s Corporate Families. 2 vols. Annual. HG4057.A147 Discontinued
6. Walker’s Manual of Western Corporations. 2 vols. Annual. HG5127.W3 Discontinued in 1995; older volumes in Docs Ref
7. Directory of Oregon Manufacturers. Biennial. T12.D55 In stacks
8. Contacts Influential, Willamette Valley Business Directory. Annual. HF5065.O7 C66 Docs Ref
9. D. Stafford and R. Perkins, The Directory of Multinationals. 2 vols. 1989. HD2755.5.S78 In stacks
10. Ward’s Business Directory of Major International Companies. 1985. HG4009.W37 In stacks
11. Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries. 3 vols. 1991. HG4538.A1 D5 Docs Business Index Table
12. Directory of Corporate Affiliations. 6 vols. Annual. HG4057.A217 Docs Business Index Table
13. International Directory of Company Histories. 12 vols. 1988. HD2721.I63 Docs Ref
14. Milton Moskowitz, Michael Katz, and Robert Levering, Everybody’s Business: An Almanac. 1982. HD2785.E88 In stacks
15. Steven D. Lydenberg, Alice Tepper Marlin, Sean O’Brien Strub, and the Council on Economic Priorities, Rating America’s Corporate Conscience. 1986. HD60.5.U5 L93 In stacks
16. Fortune Double 500 Directory. Annual ranking of top 500 industrial corporations (May issue) and top 500 non-industrials (June issue). HF5001.F7 Current periodicals
17. Forbes 500s Directory Issue (early May issue). HF5001.F6 Current periodicals
18. Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources. 1988. Z7164.C81 E93 Current volume in Law Library; older volumes in Knight stacks
19. Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It. 1991. HF5356.L36 Docs Reference shelves

biographical information

1. Biography and Genealogical Master Index. Z5305.U5 B56 Reference tables
2. Who’s Who in America. Annual. E663.W56 Reference desk shelf
3. Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. HF3023.A2 W5 Reference shelves
4. Who’s Who in American Politics. E176.W6424 Reference shelves
5. Who’s Who in Government. E747.W512 [Reference shelves
6. Who Was Who in America. E176.W64 Reference shelves
7. Who’s Who in the East. (also other regions) E747.W54 Reference shelves
8. Current Biography Yearbook. 1940- CT100.C8 Reference shelves
9. Biography Index. 1940- Z5301.B5 Reference tables
10. National Cyclopedia of American Biography. E176.N2812 Reference shelves
11. Dun and Bradstreet, Reference Book of Corporate Managements. 4 vols. Annual. HD2745.D85 Reference tables
12. Standard & Poor’s Register. Vol. 2. Directors and Executives. Annual. HG4057.A4 Reference tables
13. Directory of Corporate Affiliations. Vol. 2. Who’s Where in Corporate America. Annual. HG4057.A217 Reference tables
14. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders. 4 vols. 1983. HC102.5.A2 I53 Reference shelves
15. Congressional Quarterly, Politics in America. Annual. JK1010.P64 Reference desk shelf and government documents reference shelves
16. National Journal, Almanac of American Politics. Annual. JK1012.A44 Reference desk shelf and government documents reference shelves
17. Congressional Information Service Index. Annual. KF49.C62 Government documents reference index table
18. Federal Staff Directory. Annual. JK723.E9 F44 Government documents shelves
19. Philip H. Burch, Elites in American History. 3 vols. 1980. JK467.B87 In stacks
20. Philip H. Burch, Reagan, Bush, and Right-Wing Politics: Elites, Think Tanks, Power, and Policy. 1997. 2 vols. E877.B84 In stacks
21. Ronald Brownstein and Nina Easton, Reagan’s Ruling Class. 1982. E876.B678 In stacks
22. Social Register. Annual. 1988, 1996, & 2003. E176.S7224 On reserve
23. Gale Research, Who Knows Who. 1998. HD2745.W539 Government documents reference
24. Columbia Books, Washington Representatives. 1998. JK1118.D58 Government documents reference shelves
25. Forbes listing of 800 top corporate executives and their salaries (late May issue). HF5001.F6 Current periodicals
26. Forbes listing of 400 richest Americans (late October issue). HF5001.F6 Current periodicals

Corporate Ownership and Control

1. Corporate Data Exchange, Stock Ownership Directory: Fortune 500. 1981. HG4057.A1564 In stacks
2. Committee on Governmental Affairs, U. S. Senate, 96th Congress, 2nd Session, Structure of Corporate Concentration. 2 vols. December 1980. Government documents and law library
3. Mark S. Mizruchi, The American Corporate Network. 1982. HD2785.M57 In stacks
4. Philip H. Burch, The Managerial Revolution Reassessed. 1972. HD2791.B85 In stacks
5. David M. Kotz, Bank Control of Large Corporations in the United States. 1978. HD2791.K65 In stacks
6. Edward S. Herman, Corporate Control, Corporate Power. 1981. HD2785.H46 In stacks
7. Michael P. Allen, The Founding Fortunes (Appendix: Directory of Major Corporate Rich Families). 1987. HC110.W4 A44 In stacks

Political Action Committees

1. David Greevy, Chadwick Gore, and Marvin Weinberg, The PAC Directory. 2 vols. 1984. JK1991.P22 Government documents reference shelf; earlier volume on government documents shelves
2. Edward Roeder, PACs Americana. 1982. JK467.R63 In stacks
3. Edward Zuckerman, Almanac of Federal PACs. 1996-97. JK1991.A4 Government documents reference shelves
4. Larry Makinson, Open Secrets: The Encyclopedia of Congressional Money and Politics. JK1991.M26 1996 Government documents reference shelf; earlier volumes on government documents shelves
5. Larry Makinson, The Price of Admission: Campaign Spending in the 1990 Elections. JK1991.M261 Reference shelves
6. Larry Makinson, PACs in Profile: Spending Patterns in the 1992 Elections. 1993. JK1911.P26 In stacks

Foundations and Policy-Planning Groups

1. Encyclopedia of Associations. 1997. AS22.E5 Reference desk shelf.
2. Foundation for Public Affairs, Public Interest Profiles. 1996. JK1118.P79 Reference shelves.
3. Lynn Helleburst, Think-Tank Directory. 1996. H96.T48 Government documents reference shelves
4. Robert L. Hollings, Nonprofit Public Policy Research Organizations. 1993. Z7164.A2 H63 Government documents shelves
5. Foundation Center, Foundation Directory. 1998. AS911.AS F65 Reference tables.
6. Foundation Center, Foundation Grants Index. 1998. AS911.AS F654 Reference tables.
7. Foundation Center, National Data Book of Foundations. 1991. AS911.AS F64 Reference tables.
8. Corporate 500: The Directory of Corporate Philanthropy. 1986. HV97.A3 C63 In stacks.
9. Taft Corporate Giving Directory. 1989. HV97.A3 T29 In stacks.
10. Capital Research Center, Patterns of Corporate Philanthropy. 1996. HG4028.C6 F848 Reference shelves.

Periodicals Indexes

1. Business Periodicals Index. 1958- Z7164.C81 B983 Reference tables
2. Predicasts Funk & Scott Indexes, Index of Corporations and Industries. 1960- Z7165.U5 F23 Reference tables. Used with Standard Industrial Classification Manual. 1972. HF1042.A55 Reference desk shelf
3. Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. 1900- AI3.R48 Reference tables
4. Public Affairs Information Service Bulletin. 1915- Z7163.P86 Reference tables
5. New York Times Index. 1851- AI21.N44 Reference shelves
6. Wall Street Journal Index. 1955- HG1.W26 Reference shelves
7. Washington Post Index. 1955- AI21.W3 Reference shelves
8. Alternative Press Index. 1969- AI3.A27 Reference tables