Power structure research is an approach to the study of power that highlights the unequal distribution of resources upon which power is based (e.g., wealth, political office, control of the mass media) and the importance of formal and informal social networks as the means by which power is concentrated and institutionalized.
Further ReferencesG. William Domhoff, ed., “New Directions in Power Structure Research,” a special issue of The Insurgent Sociologist, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1975.
G. William Domhoff, ed., “Power Structure Research II,” a special issue of The Insurgent Sociologist, Vol. 9, No. 2/3, 1979/80.
Val Burris, ed., “Analyzing Power Structures,” a special issue of Critical Sociology, Vol. 16, No. 2/3, 1989.
Gwen Moore and J. Allen Whitt, eds., Research in Politics and Society, Vol. 4, 1992.