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By Mark A. Smith

ISBN-10: 0226764621

ISBN-13: 9780226764627

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ISBN-13: 9780226764641

Most humans think that giant firms wield huge, immense political strength once they foyer for rules as a cohesive bloc. With this arguable e-book, Mark A. Smith units traditional knowledge on its head. In a scientific research of postwar lawmaking, Smith unearths that company loses in legislative battles except it has public backing. This magnificent end holds as the varieties of concerns that lead companies to band together—such as tax charges, pollution, and product liability—also obtain the main media consciousness. the consequent debates provide voters the knowledge they should carry their representatives responsible and make elections a decision among contrasting coverage programs.

Rather than succumbing to company the United States, Smith argues, representatives mockingly turn into extra aware of their ingredients whilst dealing with a united company entrance. organisations achieve the main effect over laws once they paintings with agencies akin to imagine tanks to form americans' ideals approximately what govt should still and shouldn't do.

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Interview with Martin A. S. Chamber ofCommerce, 18 December 1997 (hereafter Regalia interview). IDE N T I FYI N G BUS I N E S SUN I T Y 43 recent initiatives seeking public-private partnerships to improve the efficiency ofhealth care delivery and enhance the skills ofthe workforce.

On unifying issues, the public's role extends far beyond Edmund Burke's vision of a citizenry that merely called attention to problems and then deferred to political leaders on solutions. But public opinion usually lacks sufficient specificity for officeholders to fully write legislation by simply determining what the public wants. For this reason, public opinion on unifying issues will produce a stronger effect on the overall flow of government action than on every provision contained within a policy initiative.

Notwithstanding those changes, policies that reflect public preferences remain far from inevitable. Such will always be the case when representatives serve as elected intermediaries between citizens and government. But while responsiveness to the people is uneven, it becomes most pronounced on unifying issues because of their ideological, partisan, and salient nature. Public opinion and election outcomes therefore should strongly affect the likelihood that business, when unified, will either win or lose in politics.

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