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American Business and Political Power: Public Opinion, Elections, and Democracy (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-235) and index.

About the Author

Mark A. Smith is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgments

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 Sources of Business Power

8. The Role of Business in Shaping Public Opinion

9. The Compatibility of Business Unity and Popular Sovereignty

Appendix A

Additional Coding Rules Used to Uncover Positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Appendix B

The Potential for Feedback between Policy and Opinion

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226764641
Author:
Smith, Mark A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Pressure groups
Subject:
Lobbying
Subject:
Business and politics
Subject:
Power
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public opinion -- United States.
Subject:
Pressure groups -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1999-209486
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in

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