This study is an organizational case study that follows the methodology of Yin (2009) and offers insight into a newly forming political party in the United States: the Veterans Party of America (VPA). By utilizing the theories provided by Bourdieu (1992) and Mills (1956), this study examines how the VPA has acquired capital, marshaled it to meet objectives, and how the VPA has changed its organizational structure over the first year of operations. Data was collected by interviewing several party leaders and an image analysis was also conducted. The results found that the VPA has very low value types of capital, however, policy recommendations have been given in order to increase that value. Additionally, recommendations have been given to the VPA on ways to improve is organizational strategies.
|Commitee:||Finkelstein, Marvin, Hedley, Mark|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bourdieu, Mills, Veterans party|
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