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Business, politics, and society: an Anglo-American comparison Michael Moran [Management books]

By: Moran , Michael.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford Oxford University 2009ISBN: 9780199202560.DDC classification: 322.30941
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

How much power does business exercise in Britain and the United States? Are giant firms that operate on a global scale beyond the control of elected governments? Are political parties in the pocket of business interests?All these questions go to the heart of the viability of a modern democracy, and have been given increased urgency since the end of 2007 and the economic crisis that has reverberated around the world. Business, Politics, and Society compares business and politics in two of the most importantcapitalist democracies: the United States and the United Kingdom. It introduces the big analytical and moral issues involved in the study of business power; traces the historical origins of business politics in the two nations; examines the role of giant firms, and the relationship between businessand political parties; describes the special politics of the small business sector; scrutinizes the changing social and cultural environment of business; and sums up by raising problems of legitimacy and reward that are now the stuff of public policy. Boxed features in each chapter also extend therange of book, to business politics in the European Union, and to national systems beyond the United States and the United Kingdom.The book will be invaluable for students of business systems who now need to grasp the political setting of business, and to students of American and British politics, who now need to grasp the impact of business power on the workings of democratic government.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Boxes (p. 7)
  • List of Abbreviations (p. 9)
  • Preface (p. 11)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 15)
  • 1 Studying Business and Politics (p. 1)
  • Comparing business politics (p. 1)
  • Business power and democratic politics (p. 3)
  • Models of capitalism and business power (p. 7)
  • Policy issues and the power of business (p. 11)
  • Capitalism, democracy, and the power of business (p. 16)
  • 2 The History of Business and Politics (p. 18)
  • Paths to the present (p. 18)
  • The United Kingdom: business, oligarchies, and democracy (p. 20)
  • The United States: business, Populism, and democracy (p. 28)
  • Varieties of capitalism and varieties of democracy (p. 37)
  • 3 Organizing Business (p. 40)
  • Business collective action and the politics of the firm (p. 40)
  • The United Kingdom: fragmentation and firm autonomy (p. 42)
  • The United States: organizing business under decentralized government (p. 50)
  • Business lobbying and the crisis of the business system (p. 59)
  • 4 Politics and the Giant Multinational Corporation (p. 61)
  • Why giant firms matter politically (p. 61)
  • The giant firm and politics in the United Kingdom: the transformation of a private political world (p. 63)
  • The giant firm and American politics: great strengths and great weaknesses (p. 70)
  • The giant firm and global economic lobbying: the problem of strategic cohesion (p. 77)
  • The essentially political character of the giant corporation (p. 82)
  • 5 Small business and politics (p. 83)
  • Small business, collective action, and political innovation (p. 83)
  • Small-business politics in the United Kingdom: decline and revival? (p. 86)
  • The United States: small business in a benign environment? (p. 95)
  • Political innovation and political weakness in the small-business sector (p. 104)
  • 6 Business Politics and Party Politics (p. 106)
  • Business, parties, and democracy (p. 106)
  • Business and party politics in the United Kingdom: the rise of a business-friendly party system (p. 108)
  • The United States: regulating the party-business connection (p. 117)
  • The travails of business-friendly parties (p. 127)
  • 7 Business, Politics, and Society (p. 129)
  • Understanding the cultural setting of business (p. 129)
  • TheUnited Kingdom: the transformation of a hegemonic order (p. 132)
  • The United States: between Gramsci and Schumpeter (p. 140)
  • From hegemony to pluralism (p. 149)
  • 8 Restless Democracy and Restless Capitalism (p. 151)
  • Economic change and the politics of business representation (p. 151)
  • Restless democracy and business politics (p. 151)
  • Restless capitalism and business politics (p. 152)
  • Business, democracy, and legitimacy (p. 159)
  • Business power and the Anglo-American model of capitalism (p. 164)
  • Bibliography (p. 173)
  • Index (p. 191)

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