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Author Werner, Timothy.

Title Public forces and private politics in American big business / Timothy Werner
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (x, 195 pages) : illustrations
Series Business and public policy
Business and public policy.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The firm as political actor and a theory of private policymaking -- 3. Unveiling the public roots of private policymaking -- 4. The public, the state, and corporate environmentalism -- 5. Public opinion and gay rights in the workplace -- 6. Total executive compensation and regulatory threat -- 7. Conclusion -- Appendix. Data sources and variable measurement by chapter
Summary "What are the political motivations behind firms' decisions to adopt policies that self-regulate their behavior in a manner that is beyond compliance with state, federal and local law? Public Forces and Private Politics in American Big Business advances a new understanding of the firm as a political actor that expands beyond the limited conceptualizations offered by economists and organization theorists. Timothy Werner develops a general theory of private politics that is tested using three case studies: the environment, gay rights and executive compensation. Using the conclusions of these case studies and an analysis of interviews with executives at 'Fortune 500' firms, Werner finds that politics can contribute significantly to our understanding of corporate decision-making on private policies and corporate social responsibility in the United States"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Big business -- United States.
Business and politics -- United States.
Corporate power -- United States.
Form Electronic book
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