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G. William Domhoff is a professor of Psychology and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has written about the Bilderberg Group.
In an interview, he discounted the notion that the study of such groups is relegated to the realm of conspiracy theory, and instead explained that he studies "how elites strive to develop consensus, which is through such publicly observable organizations as corporate boards and the policy-planning network, which can be studied in detail, and which are reported on in the media in at least a halfway accurate manner."
 Chip Berlet, Interview: G. William Domhoff, New Internationalist, September 2004:
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According to G. William Domhoff, Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz, in 1983 the bottom 80% of the population controlled 18.7% of the wealth in America.
Today, this same group controls just 11.1%.
"There Are No Conspiracies" by G. William Domhoff in 2005 looks at Conspiracy Theories and the Power Elite from a social science perspective. [as opposed to the philosophical] G. William Domhoff, a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz first coined the non-conspiracy acronym TPTB.He received his Ph.D. at the University of Miami and has been teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 1965.
Four of his books are among the top 50 best sellers in sociology on the Power Elite Theory for the years 1950 to 1995: Who Rules America? (1967); The Higher Circles (1970); Who Rules America Now? (1983); and the non-"conspiracy" critique and theory of the U.S. power structure, The Powers That Be (TPTB) in 1979.