Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America

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In this study, Vogel (business and political science, U. of California, Berkeley) identifies the factors behind fluctuations in the relative political power of business in America between 1960 and 1988. In so doing, he sheds light on major political developments during this period, including the growth of consumer and environmental interest groups in the first half of this period and the later resurgence of business political power. The volume was originally published in 1989 by Basic Books in New York. ...
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Overview

In this study, Vogel (business and political science, U. of California, Berkeley) identifies the factors behind fluctuations in the relative political power of business in America between 1960 and 1988. In so doing, he sheds light on major political developments during this period, including the growth of consumer and environmental interest groups in the first half of this period and the later resurgence of business political power. The volume was originally published in 1989 by Basic Books in New York. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The first systematic and comprehensive attempt to present an overview of the changes that have occured in the U.S. over the last thirty years.

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Within the last three decades, the power of American business to influence legislation and policy has fluctuated dramatically. According to the author (business & public policy, Berkeley), the performance of the economy and the political power of business are inversely related. Vogel traces in detail the factors influencing the fortunes of business by concentrating on four issues: the regulation of corporate social conduct; tax policy; labor-management relations; and energy policy. This impressive, well-written history is a valuable contribution. Highly recommended.-- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587981692
  • Publisher: Beard Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
I Introduction: The Power of Business 3
II The Privileged Position of Business, 1960 to 1966 16
III The Rise of Consumerism, 1966 to 1969 37
IV Business on the Defensive, 1969 to 1972 59
V The Public-Interest Movement 93
VI The Politics of Economic Stagnation, 1973 to 1976 113
VII Business Turns the Tide, 1977 to 1980 148
VIII The Political Resurgence of Business 193
IX Business and the Reagan Administration, 1981 to 1988 240
X Conclusion 290
Notes 301
Index 323
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