Business and the State in International Relations

Business and the State in International Relations

by Ronald W Cox
     
 

Challenging the traditional notion that state officials act autonomously in formulating and implementing international policy, the contributors to this volume argue that the influence of organized business groups has been consistently underestimated in recent decades. Each uses a “business conflict” model of state-society relations as a new paradigm for

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Challenging the traditional notion that state officials act autonomously in formulating and implementing international policy, the contributors to this volume argue that the influence of organized business groups has been consistently underestimated in recent decades. Each uses a “business conflict” model of state-society relations as a new paradigm for understanding key policy conjunctures in U.S. trade and foreign policy. Applying this model to such concerns and crises as the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the rise of the New Right, the Latin American debt crisis, and the political instability of West Africa, the contributors conclude that the political power of business groups in shaping policy is very real indeed. Their provocative conclusions advance our understanding of the relationship between business groups and policymakers in capitalist societies.

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Argues that organized business groups have consistently been more influential in formulating and implementing international policy than has been acknowledged. Applies a business conflict model of relations between the US government and multinational corporations to concerns and crises such as the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, the former Soviet Union, the North American Free Trade Agreement, the rise of the New Right, Latin American debt, and political instability in west Africa. Includes an overall bibliography but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813389493
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/08/1996
Series:
Interventions Series
Pages:
278
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

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