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The Social Security Debate on the Web: Using Domhoff’s Book to Analyze It
Introduction: G. William Domhoff’s Who Rules America: The Triumph of the Corporate Rich is not only an excellent piece of sociological analysis but also a useful primer for being a good citizen. In about 200 pages it provides a basic understanding of how class and power work in the United States that is critical for exercising key skills of competent citizenship. Read it all and learn from it. Demonstrate your mastery of this material in this exercise.
Focus: Domhoff’s book draws our attention to four major processes through which power is exercised in U.S. society:

The special-interest process.
The policy-planning process.
The opinion-shaping process.
The candidate selection process.

While all four of these are relevant to the current social security debate, we will focus primarily on the first three. How are these three processes playing themselves out in the battle over the future of social security?
In this exercise, we will both use the web as a resource to analyze these processes and also explore how the web is being actively used to affect political outcomes with regard to social security.
Reading: It is essential that you read the entire Domhoff book, for there is relevant material throughout it. You should also review the website that supports this text:

Who Rules America Web Site (including a link to “How Corporate Moderates Created Social Security”). https://whorulesamerica.ucsc.edu/

You will be expected to demonstrate your basic mastery of the book in responding to the questions listed below. In addition, you should familiarize yourself with the social security debate by following the news and exploring the articles and web sites noted below. In all your reading about social security, it is essential to maintain a critical stance, with an eye to the ideological orientation that lies behind any given analysis. Keep in mind Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts.”
Procedure: Choose two organizations whose general political viewpoints occupy different points along the political spectrum of ultra-conservative, corporate-conservative, and liberal-labor, as discussed by Domhoff. These should generally be selected from my list of organizations listed below.

The Social Security Debate on the Web: Using Domhoff’s Book to Analyze It
List of Recommended Organizational Websites to Study

AFL-CIO
American Enterprise Institute
Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Brookings Institution
Campaign for America’s Future
Cato Institute
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Century Fund
Citizens for a Sound Economy
Club for Growth
Committee for Economic Development
Economic Policy Institute
Heritage Foundation
60 Plus
Urban Institute
USA Next

Explore the websites of your two chosen organizations, with particular attention to their views on social security. Supplementary analyses of these organizations with articles obtained via a bibliographic search at Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) and Pro Quest, both available from our university’s Library Online Resources.

On the basis of the Domhoff book, relevant articles you find in your bibliographic searching, and your analysis of the respective organizational websites, write an essay comparing and contrasting the organizations which responds to the following:

Explain which organizations you have chosen and identify their homepage URLs.
Using Domhoff’s terminology noted above, explain how you would characterize the political viewpoint of each of these organizations and why, including an analysis of the vocabulary and ideas at their websites. Be on the lookout for code words that provide hints of their ideological assumptions and agenda. Provide support for your assertions by citing Domhoff.
Likewise using Domhoff’s terminology, explain what type of organization each is, and what process or processes it is mainly involved in. Explain how each relates to the model of class, power, and politics that Domhoff lays out in his book.
Contrast the different views about social security expressed at the two organizations’ websites. How do they agree or differ on whether social security faces a crisis, whether social security is the best way to provide for retirement security, and what needs to be done?
Provide your own critical evaluation of these sites. Are the facts properly stated and documented? Are the interpretations convincingly supported by facts and other evidence? Are the policy proposals convincing to you? Bring in material from Domhoff’s book where relevant, and cut and paste passages from the websites where relevant, remembering to properly cite the relevant URLs.
A reference list at the end of websites and resources used, in APA format.

TextbookDomhoff, W.G. (2014). Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich (7th ed). NY: McGraw Hill.ISBN-13: 978-0078026713

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