This document presents new findings about the American power structure based on the connections among 2,563 corporations, 6 business leadership and policy-discussion groups, 33 prominent think tanks, 82 major foundations, 47 private universities with large endowments, and 19 White House advisory committees for the years 2011-2012.
Centrality is a key concept in network studies. As the everyday use of the term implies, it means that a person or organization is in some way a focal point or main figure in whatever group of people or organizations is being considered. How to measure centrality is less obvious.
A searchable database of the "Power Elite" in the U.S. (as of 2011-2012), defined as the intersection of the boards of directors of the corporate community, the extremely wealthy and well-connected, and the boards and trustees of the policy-planning network. (For details about the sources of the data in the database, click here.)
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