What are the models of power structure in the United States? Utilize C. Wright Mill’s “power elite concept” to discuss capitalist, socialist, totalitarian, and authoritarian power structures.

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There are a number of power structure models including the historically traditional political science model that holds that individual Americans hold shared power in policy making.

Hunter and Mills broke through this traditional view in the 1950s. Mills contends that power is held by a triumvirate of corporate, political and military insiders who shape and make policy and decisions.

Domhoff's model (2009) agrees with Mills concept of power elite and holds that the power is held by white males of the upper class.