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 offers a survey of different styles of business-government kin that exist in complex industrialised societies. The effect of globalization offers the start line for a extra thematically-informed technique which still keeps the focal point on distinct comparability of quite a number key international locations which made the 1st variants this kind of renowned textual content.

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Both the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) were regarded as highly ideological assocations with little to contribute to the discussion of 30 Business and Politics complex policy issues. One authority found substance in the rumour that the NAM was the 'kiss of death' for a cause which it supported. 9 Neither did trade associations seem stronger. In their magisterial study of the impact of business on American trade policy, Bauer, Pool and Dexter 10 found that trade associations were accorded little prestige.

The pro-business American Enterprise Institute (AEI) was the most conspicuous beneficiary of an increased willingness of American executives to wage the war of ideas by funding 'think tanks' likely to support their interest. Impact of the Reagan Administration and Importance of the Republican Party The Republican Party has been the more reliable party from business's point of view. E. E. Schattschneider remarked that the Republican Party was business's greatest political resource. 12 Although, because of the ill-disciplined, incoherent nature of American political parties, the Democrats have an important conservative, pro-business wing based primarily in the South and have been dependent on the rich for campaign contributions, 13 the Republican Party in Congress has been overwhelmingly pro-business on issues such as the rights of management v.

Schattschneider remarked that the Republican Party was business's greatest political resource. 12 Although, because of the ill-disciplined, incoherent nature of American political parties, the Democrats have an important conservative, pro-business wing based primarily in the South and have been dependent on the rich for campaign contributions, 13 the Republican Party in Congress has been overwhelmingly pro-business on issues such as the rights of management v. the rights of unions. Yet the Republican Party is not monolithic either, and important divisions affecting business have been apparent.

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