The Best-Kept Secret: Women Corporate Lobbyists, Policy, and Power in the United States [NOOK Book]

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From lobbyists such as Jack Abramoff, to corporate executives, like Enron's Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, recent scandals dealing with politics and government have focused only on men at the top. But do these high-profile men accurately represent the gendered make up of corporate-government in the United States?

In this first in-depth look at the changing face of corporate lobbying, Denise Benoit shows how women who have historically ...

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The Best-Kept Secret: Women Corporate Lobbyists, Policy, and Power in the United States

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Overview

From lobbyists such as Jack Abramoff, to corporate executives, like Enron's Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, recent scandals dealing with politics and government have focused only on men at the top. But do these high-profile men accurately represent the gendered make up of corporate-government in the United States?

In this first in-depth look at the changing face of corporate lobbying, Denise Benoit shows how women who have historically worked mostly in policy areas relating to "women's issues" such as welfare, family, and health have become increasingly influential as corporate lobbyists, specializing in what used to be considered "masculine" policy, such as taxes and defense. Benoit finds that this new crop of female lobbyists mobilize both masculinity and femininity in ways that create and maintain trusting, open, and strong relations with those in government, and at the same time help corporations to save and earn billions of dollars.

While the media focuses on the dubious behaviors of men at the top of business and government, this book shows that female corporate lobbyists are indeed one of the best kept secrets in Washington.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813541532
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 182
  • File size: 971 KB

Meet the Author


Denise Benoit is an associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Geneseo.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
From Private to Public Interests: Women's Entrance into Corporate Lobbying     18
The Problem with No Name? Women's Interests, Corporate Power, and Public Policy     47
Warm Springs and Hot Topics at the Tax Alliance Retreat: Doing Gender and Doing Business     76
The Costs and Benefits of Family Ties     102
Women, Corporate Lobbying, and Power     126
Notes     143
References     147
Index     157
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