Power and Crisis in the City: Corporations, unions and urban by Roger Friedland

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So, too, local public employment expanded rapidly - to provide services and jobs particularly in the wake of black violence wh ich erupted summer after summer in the late 1960s. Harsher methods of social control were also adopted as cities expanded their arsenals and the number of men who could use them. More public jobs, public services, public participation and public force - through these means, cities attempted to maintain social control. Chapter 6 analyzes the impact of corporate and union power in shaping local War on Poverty policy.

The eoineidenee of eorporate or union power and loeal eonditions affeeting their interests shapes eentral eity poliey. Thus power not only shapes poliey, but poliey-making. The fusion ofloeal eorporate or union power and interest will produee different patterns of poliey than either eould produee alone. 1. The top entry in eaeh box refers to the observable empirieal indieator. The bottom entry refers to the unobservable theoretical variable. The model has three observable elements: loeal eonditions, the loeal presenee of national eorporations or labor unions, and loeal polieies.

2. Previous research (Friedland, 1977) indicates a strong relationship between the number of corporate headquarters situated in a central city and the number of locally owned plants in that city, as weil as the number of large financial intermediaries. In addition, cities with a larger number of corporate headquarters were also more likely to have exclusive upper-class clubs, social registers and foundations, social institutions of importance to corporate power. 3. 44). 4. In the analyses that follow, the impact of corporate and union power are measured separately.

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