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Robert E. Parker & Joe R. Feagin

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Chapter 11: Houston: Administration by Economic Elites

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Houston: Administration by Economic Elites
Houston: Administration by economic elites
Robert E.Parker, Joe R.Feagin

HOUSTON IS A BIG CITY where the most important political and economic decisions are made by a small number of powerful actors. As Shelton, Rodriguez, Feagin, Bullard, and Thomas (1989) have observed,

In the mid-1980s the Houston Chamber of Commerce functioned as a type of local government. (In fact, the president of the Houston Chamber of Commerce earns a higher salary than the mayor.) It commissioned many of the planning studies of Houston's social and economic problems, including an important study on how to improve the economic diversity of the city. And the chamber has been active in setting up organizations to boost the city's economic image and to recruit new types of industry ...

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