The Decision-Makers: The Power Structure of Dallas

The Decision-Makers: The Power Structure of Dallas

The Decision-Makers: The Power Structure of Dallas

The Decision-Makers: The Power Structure of Dallas

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Begun as a thesis for a Master's degree, this report has been revised and expanded with the general reader in mind. Technical considerations (and, one hopes, technical jargon) have been kept to a minimum, being treated largely in notes and tables.

The original field work for the study was conducted during the spring of 1961. The power structure is described as it was at that time, although I have sought to bring it up to date through continued inquiries into decision-making in the community.

I am indebted indirectly to Floyd Hunter, who pioneered community power research; and to Delbert C. Miller, who has ably developed the reputational approach to such research.

To many persons at Southern Methodist University I am indebted for their time and interest. I owe a great personal debt to Dr. Morton King, who acted both as advisor for the thesis and editor of this study. He deserves especial thanks for keeping me on course throughout the months of data-collecting and the subsequent period of manuscript preparation. I am grateful to Dean Claude Albritton, who provided encouragement and support for this publication. Dr. Paul Minton, Department of Mathematical and Experimental Statistics, was extremely helpful in suggesting the statistical analysis for the power ratings.

Other faculty members to whom I am indebted for interest and advice are Dr. Lewis Rhodes, Dr. Fredrick Koenig, Dr. Douglas Jackson, and Dr. Sidney Reagan.

For computational and clerical assistance I want to thank my mother and my cousin, Sherry Wear.

Invaluable contributions have been rendered by my parents . . .

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