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Who’s Running America? The Obama Reign




nullThomas R. Dye, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University and formerly McKenzie Professor of Government, will give a lecture based on his book of the same name, looking at Obama's early years in office to the effects of his presidency on the board rooms of the nation's largest corporations and banks and the owners of the nation's leading media outlets.


Who's Running America? is about the nation's institutional elite - the people who direct and manage the largest corporations, banks, and insurance companies; the giant media conglomerates; the prestigious law and lobbying firms; the most heavily endowed foundations and universities; the influential policy planning organizations (think tanks); and the leading civic and cultural institutions. The current edition, The Obama Reign, describes the Obama White House and Cabinet, the leaders of Congress, and members of the Supreme Court. Who's Running America? describes the people who occupy these key institutional positions - it names names. It describes their educational backgrounds, their rise to the top, and what they do with their power. It sets forth an oligarchic model of national policymaking, in which corporations and wealthy individuals establish foundations which in turn fund policy planning organizations that feed policy recommendations to the mass media and to the White House, congressional committees, and the courts.

The Obama Reign focuses on the rise to power of the Barack Obama, his early years in Indonesia and Hawaii and his education at Occidential College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School. It chronicles his first unsuccessful bid for a seat in Congress and his later rise to the U.S. Senate and his fight for Democratic presidential nomination. It describes his first presidential campaign in 2008 and his reelection campaign in 2012. It traces the challenges he faced in the Oval Office as well as the people he chose to surround himself with, including Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, and John Kerry. It profiles Obama's opposition in the Congress including John Boehner and Paul Ryan. On the Supreme Court, it focuses on the lives of Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayer.

The Obama Reign examines the board rooms of the nation's largest corporations and banks, the owners of the nation's leading media outlets, and the "fat cat" political contributors. It adds a number of essays on institutional leadership. These include: "The Walton Family", "Fannie Mae", "the Wall Street Bailout", "Ben Bernarke, Managing the Nation's Money:, "Warren Buffett, Radical Investor", "Rupert Murdoch, Founder of Fox", "Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, The New York Times," "The Graham Family, The Washington Post", Arianna Huffington, Internet Mogul", "Fat Cats, Financing Politics", "Bill Gates, Global Philanthropy", "The Private Companies", "The Liberal Establishment", "George Soros, Funding the Far Left".


Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He was formerly McKenzie Professor of Government. He received his B.S. and M.A degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy, including The Irony of Democracy, now in its 14th edition; Politics in States and Communities, and Understanding Public Policy, both now in their 14th editions; Who's Running America?, now in its 8th edition, "The Obama Reign"; Politics in Florida; American Politics in the Media Age; Power and Society; American Federalism; Top Down Policymaking, and Politics, Economics and the Public. His popular textbook, Politics in America is now in its 10th edition. His research interests center on the role of big campaign contributors, foundations and think tanks, interest groups, and the media in policy formation in Washington.

His books have been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese, and published abroad. He has served as President of the Southern Political Science Association, President of the Policy Studies Organization, and Secretary of the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the Harold Lassell Award for career of contributions to the study of public policy, and the Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, and the Outstanding Political Science Graduate in 2006. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, and served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, and elsewhere. He is listed in most major biographical directories including Marquis Who's Who in America.

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6.30pm - 8.00pmWednesday 26th February 2014

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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