Talk:The Establishment

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Rather sprawling nature

I just added a quick summary of Joël van der Reijden's model. This would seem to be highly pertinent stuff, but I am not familiar with it. This page is a bit of a mishmash and will likely continue to be so. In the longer term, it would be good to hive off such theories into sub-pages, but I'm not familiar enough with van der Reijden's stuff to do it justice. I've added a couple of banners since it has no lede and lacks readability and balance. Robin (talk) 03:27, 26 March 2015 (GMT)

Joël's model fits in very well with Domhoff's power structure research. Both make use of membership lists of organizations (including prep schools) known of gathering powerful people. His definition of who is powerful is based on so called power indicators: (1) who benefits? (2) who governs? and (3) who wins.
He finds that power is rooted in organizations, which historically belong to four "overlapping and intersecting sociospatial networks of power" (Mann, 1986, p. 1). These networks are ideological (i.e. religions), economic, military, and political. Next he shows that the economic sphere dominates the others in the western world today. Joël describes factions within this latter network, which he calles Four Establishment Model. Urban (talk) 12:24, 26 March 2015 (GMT)


We much have some good documents about this. Anyone know any? Robin (talk) 14:49, 8 May 2015 (IST)