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The Political Power of Business [NOOK Book]

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Investigates to what extent business can get what it wants politically as firms and trade associations have a better understanding of the likely effects of policy than politicians and because their decisions partly determine these effects.

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The Political Power of Business

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Overview

Investigates to what extent business can get what it wants politically as firms and trade associations have a better understanding of the likely effects of policy than politicians and because their decisions partly determine these effects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203932612
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 180
  • File size: 899 KB

Meet the Author

Patrick Bernhagen is Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

Acknowledgements

1 INTRODUCTION

Linking Action and Structure: The Power of Being Informed

Approach and Methods

Key Terms and Concepts

Structure of the Book

2 GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS, NETWORKS, IDEOLOGY, OR STRUCTURAL DEPENDENCE: WHAT DRIVES BUSINESS POWER?

Pluralism and the Study of Business as an Interest Group

Neocorporatist Systems and Coordinated Market Economies

The Analysis of Elite Networks and Policy Communities

Ideological Dominance

Structural Explanations of Business Dominance

3 AN INFORMATIONAL–STRUCTURAL MODEL OF BUSINESS POWER

Informational Asymmetries Between Business Actors and Policymakers

Signalling Models of Lobbying

Reputation and Lobbying

4 TWO REAL-WORLD SIGNALLING GAMES

A Note on Case Selection

Regulation of Small Business Banking in England and Wales

Phasing out PVC from Public Construction in Hesse

Discussion

5 REPUTATION AND INFORMATIVENESS IN LOBBYING

Data: The 1996 European Members of Parliament Study

Lobbying, Reputation Costs, and Ideological Proximity

Business Contacts and Influential Lobbying

Discussion

6 STRUCTURE, INFORMATION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION

Business Preferences on Environmental Regulation

Dowsing Flooded Fields for Underground Water

Measuring Structural Constraints and Information Asymmetry

Sources and Limits of Business Power: International Trade, Neocorporatism and Eco Groups

7 CONCLUSIONS: INFORMATION, STRUCTURE, AND THE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY UNDER CAPITALISM

Informational Asymmetry in the Repertoire of Political Recourses

Outlook: Can Policymakers’ Information Problems Be Alleviated?

Appendix A: Interviews and Personal Communications

Appendix B: Coding and Data Sources of Variables Used in Ch. 5

Appendix C: Coding, Data Sources and Summary Statistics of Variables Used in Ch. 6

Appendix D: Jack-knifed Estimates of Regression Models in Ch. 6

Bibliography

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