Decision-Making Cliques in Community Power Structures: A Comparative Study of an American and English City

@article{Miller1958DecisionMakingCI,
  title={Decision-Making Cliques in Community Power Structures: A Comparative Study of an American and English City},
  author={Delbert Charles Miller},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1958},
  volume={64},
  pages={299 - 310}
}
  • D. Miller
  • Published 1 November 1958
  • Education
  • American Journal of Sociology
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