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American business and political power [electronic resource] : public opinion, elections, and democracy / Mark A. Smith.

By: Smith, Mark A. (Mark Alan), 1970-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Studies in communication, media, and public opinion: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2000Description: 1 online resource (xii, 245 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780226764658 (electronic bk.); 0226764656 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Business and politics -- United States | Public opinion -- United States | Power (Social sciences) -- United States | Pressure groups -- United States | Lobbying -- United States | Political Science | USA | Affaires et politique -- �Etats-Unis | Opinion publique -- �Etats-Unis | Pouvoir (Sciences sociales) -- �Etats-Unis | Groupes de pression -- �Etats-Unis | Lobbying -- �Etats-Unis | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Advocacy | Bedrijfsleven | Politieke invloed | Publieke opinie | POL�ITICA (ASPECTOS ECON�OMICOS;INFLU�ENCIAS) -- ESTADOS UNIDOS | PODER POL�ITICO -- ESTADOS UNIDOS | GRUPOS DE PRESS�AO -- ESTADOS UNIDOS | Interessenvertretung | Dominanzstreben | Wirtschaft | Politik | USAGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: American business and political power.DDC classification: 322/.3/0973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- Business unity and its consequences for representative democracy -- Identifying business unity -- A portrait of unifying issues -- Public opinion, elections, and lawmaking -- Overt sources of business power -- Structural sources of business power -- The role of business in shaping public opinion -- The compatibility of business unity and popular sovereignty.
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 hol.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-235) and index.

Introduction -- Business unity and its consequences for representative democracy -- Identifying business unity -- A portrait of unifying issues -- Public opinion, elections, and lawmaking -- Overt sources of business power -- Structural sources of business power -- The role of business in shaping public opinion -- The compatibility of business unity and popular sovereignty.

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 hol.

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