ISBN13:978-0226764641 ISBN10: 0226764648 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0226764627 ISBN10: 0226764621
Summary: Most people believe that large corporations wield enormous political power when they lobby for policies as a cohesive bloc. With this controversial book, Mark A. Smith sets conventional wisdom on its head. In a systematic analysis of postwar lawmaking, Smith reveals that business loses in legislative battles unless it has public backing. This surprising conclusion holds because the types of issues that lead businesses to band together--such as tax rates, air pollutio
n, and product liability--also receive the most media attention. The ensuing debates give citizens the information they need to hold their representatives accountable and make elections a choice between contrasting policy programs. Rather than succumbing to corporate America, Smith argues, representatives paradoxically become more responsive to their constituents when facing a united corporate front. Corporations gain the most influence over legislation when they work with organizations such as think tanks to shape Americans' beliefs about what government should and should not do.
Summary: Most people believe that large corporations wield enormous political power when they lobby for policies as a cohesive bloc. With this controversial book, Mark A. Smith sets conventional wisdom on its head. In a systematic analysis of postwar lawmaking, Smith reveals that business loses in legislative battles unless it has public backing. This surprising conclusion holds because the types of issues that lead businesses to band together--such as tax rates, air pollution, and product liability--also receive the most media attention. The ensuing debates give citizens the information they need to hold their representatives accountable and make elections a choice between contrasting policy programs. Rather than succumbing to corporate America, Smith argues, representatives paradoxically become more responsive to their constituents when facing a united corporate front. Corporations gain the most influence over legislation when they work with organizations such as think tanks to shape Americans' beliefs about what government should and should not do. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:00 Cover: Paperback Publisher:University of Chicago Press Published: 10/28/2000 International: No
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1. Introduction 2. Business Unity and Its Consequences for Representative Democracy 3. Identifying Business Unity 4. A Portrait of Unifying Issues 5. Public Opinion, Elections, and Lawmaking 6. Overt Sources of Business Power 7. Structural Source of Business Power 8. The Role of Business in Shaping Public Opinion 9. The Compatibility of Business Unity and Popular Sovereignty App. A Additional Coding Rules Used to Uncover Positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce App. B The Potential for Feedback between Policy and Opinion References Index
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