Business and Politics: A comparative introduction by Graham K. Wilson

By Graham K. Wilson

Thoroughly rewritten all through for this third edition, company and Politics presents a survey of different styles of business-government relatives that exist in complex industrialised societies. The effect of globalization offers the place to begin for a extra thematically-informed procedure which still keeps the point of interest on specified comparability of more than a few key international locations which made the 1st variations this type of well known textual content.

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Agriculture has 20 Business and Politics become larger scale and more like a capitalist enterprise itself. Not surprisingly in view of these developments, the British National Farmers' Union (NFU) is affiliated to the CBI and the largest of the American farmers' organisations (the American Farm Bureau Federation- AFBF) is vehemently pro-business and pro-free market. In short, agrarian protest is no longer a serious problem for business politically. Farmers' organisations may, however, still constitute part of coalitions often ranged against business organisations; the USA NFU is a case in point.

It is not surprising, either, given differences in political culture, political participation and economic circumstances that whereas some studies have found no evidence of significant business power in the city studied, others have found the opposite. It is often suggested that in general the power of business is likely to be greater at the state and local than at the national level. A variety offactors are advanced in support of this claim. Participatimi rates in state are lower than in federal politics, so that the power of interest groups may be higher than in federal politics.

Such assistance might be of particular importance when there is competition between corporations for a government contract, for example to build a new transport plane for the Air Force. The top executives of the company can attempt to build ties to the legislators by making individual contributions to their campaign funds, though since 1974 such contributions have been limited by law to $1000 per election. The executives may also participate directly in the campaign, though this is unlikely. In spite of being 28 Business and Politics urged frequently to become more involved politically, company executives have usually been too busy to do so.

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