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Select an elite figure from any of Dye's key sectors of power. Utilizing a minimum of three sources, write a paper that addresses the following points:

Dye's key sectors of power are: a) industrial (nonfinancial) corporations, b) banking, c)insurance, d) investments, e) mass media, f) law, g) education, h) foundations, i) civic and cultural organizations, and j) government

Please use Martha Stewart

i. What is the basis of the selected figure's power? Is it derived from wealth, influence over information distribution, immediate access to policymakers, or any combination of the above?

ii. What strategies does the selected elite figure use to maintain status and influence? Networking with other elites, business practices, direct political participation?

iii. Provide specific examples of how the selected elite figure has influenced public policy. What were the obstacles? How were they overcome?

iv. Does your selected elite figure provide an apt example of social mobility? Is the individual a self-made mogul, or was his or her power largely inherited?

v. Do the activities of the elite you selected support how elitist theorists explain wealth and power in America?

vi. Assess whether or not the power wielded by the selected elite figure positively or negatively represents your interests.
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i. What is the basis of the selected figure's power? Is it derived from wealth, influence over information distribution, immediate access to policymakers, or any combination of the above?

The primary basis for Martha Stewart's power is wealth. However, she is also looked as an authority in lifestyle business due to her vision of simple and elegant living that has reached the public through dozens of lavishly illustrated best-selling books, through instructional videos and television specials, her own lifestyle magazine, branded housewares, and a nationally syndicated weekly television series. She has faced more than her share of challenges as a public person, and as leader of a multi-million dollar conglomerate, but she has kept her good humor through crisis and controversy, and that may prove the most remarkable accomplishment of all.

source: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ste0pro-1

Thus, it can be aptly said that her own authority and influence over people in her area of expertise and industry made her such a powerful public figure. She is considered a Guru in home decorating business. Stewart's had more influence on how Americans eat, entertain, and decorate their homes than any one woman in the nation's history.

source: http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/martha-stewart/

What strategies does the selected elite figure use to maintain status and influence? Networking with other elites, business practices, direct political participation?

It was her command over her business and authority in the field of home decorating and lifestyle industry that helped her to maintain her status and influence on Americans. Her useful lifestyle tips and home improvement suggestions made her an extremely influential person in the daily lives of Americans. Her influence on American culture and status among the households, in spite of her involvement in the famous insider trading scandal, is still enormous. Thanks to the enduring appeal of her magazine and earlier TV programs, Martha is still the standard for gracious domestic living. She gave value and definition to a ...

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Select an elite figure from any of Dye's key sectors of power. Utilizing a minimum of three sources, write a paper that addresses the following points:

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