Who Rules Britain?

Who Rules Britain?

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The lifestyle, economic basis and political affiliations of the British upper class are the focus of this exciting new textbook. Combining a review of existing sociological theory on class and capitalism with material drawn from a great variety of sources it is likely to become a standard course text. Examining the question of whether there is still a ruling class in Britain, John Scott presents an account of the historical development of the British upper class, the development of industrial and financial dynasties, town and country society as well as of London and the political world. Photographs and other illustrations cover subjects as diverse as public school fees, the structure of parliament, and the dates and events of the 'Season'.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745687814
  • 9780745687810

Table of contents

List of illustrations VII Acknowledgements IX Introduction 1 1 What is a Capitalist Class? 7 The Orthodox Marxist View 8 The Fabian View 16 Burnham and the Managerial Revolution 19 Post-war Revisionism 20 The Capitalist Class Reconsidered 23 2 What is a Ruling Class? 25 Marx on the British Ruling Class 26 The Orthodox Marxist View 27 An Unorthodox Marxist View 29 The Power Bloc and the State 31 3 The Making of the Ruling Class 40 The Ancien Regime in Europe 41 The Old Society in England 44 The Transition to Modernity 57 4 Is there still a Capitalist Class? 63 Who are the Capitalists? 64 The Development of the Business Class 72 Contours of the Capitalist Class 80 Class Reproduction and Capital Reproduction 90 5 Is there still an Upper Circle? 93 The 'Traditional' Status System 93 'Tradition', Social Networks and Class Reproduction 106 6 Is there still a Ruling Class? 118 Power Elites and the Ruling Class 118 The Changing Anatomy of Political Rule 124 The Structure of Political Domination 139 Notes 153 Index 165show more

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'This is an excellent analysis of the changing contours of power in British society. John Scott is one of the most distinguished researchers of the British class structure ... a very useful analysis of the latest debates and empirical evidence.' John Urry, Lancaster University 'A welcome and timely addition to a growing field of academic and general interest ... [it] will undoubtedly come to occupy a regular and prominent place on booklists in higher and further education through the 1990s.' David Coates, University of Leeds 'A challenging and very readableaccount.' THESshow more

About John Scott

John Scott is author of many other works on the subject of wealth and the upper class in Britain, including Sociology of Elites. He previously taught at the University of Strathclyde.show more

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