Corporations and American Democracy

Bringing together scholars of history, law, and political science, Corporations and American Democracy provides essential grounding for today’s policy debates.

Author: Naomi R. Lamoreaux

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674972287

Category: History

Page: 528

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Recent Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and other high-profile cases have sparked disagreement about the role of corporations in American democracy. Bringing together scholars of history, law, and political science, Corporations and American Democracy provides essential grounding for today’s policy debates.
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Corporate Dreams

Combining a historian’s careful eye with an insider’s perspective on the business world, this provocative volume tracks changes in government economic policy, changes in public attitudes toward big business, and changes in how corporate ...

Author: James Hoopes

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813552040

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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Public trust in corporations plummeted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, when “Lehman Brothers” and “General Motors” became dirty words for many Americans. In Corporate Dreams, James Hoopes argues that Americans still place too much faith in corporations and, especially, in the idea of “values-based leadership” favored by most CEOs. The danger of corporations, he suggests, lies not just in their economic power, but also in how their confused and undemocratic values are infecting Americans’ visions of good governance. Corporate Dreams proposes that Americans need to radically rethink their relationships with big business and the government. Rather than buying into the corporate notion of “values-based leadership,” we should view corporate leaders with the same healthy suspicion that our democratic political tradition teaches us to view our political leaders. Unfortunately, the trend is moving the other way. Corporate notions of leadership are invading our democratic political culture when it should be the reverse. To diagnose the cause and find a cure for our toxic attachment to corporate models of leadership, Hoopes goes back to the root of the problem, offering a comprehensive history of corporate culture in America, from the Great Depression to today’s Great Recession. Combining a historian’s careful eye with an insider’s perspective on the business world, this provocative volume tracks changes in government economic policy, changes in public attitudes toward big business, and changes in how corporate executives view themselves. Whether examining the rise of Leadership Development programs or recounting JFK’s Pyrrhic victory over U.S. Steel, Hoopes tells a compelling story of how America lost its way, ceding authority to the policies and values of corporate culture. But he also shows us how it’s not too late to return to our democratic ideals—and that it’s not too late to restore the American dream.
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America s Battle for Media Democracy

Drawing from extensive archival research, the book uncovers the American media system's historical roots and normative foundations.

Author: Victor Pickard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107038332

Category: History

Page: 260

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Drawing from extensive archival research, the book uncovers the American media system's historical roots and normative foundations. It charts the rise and fall of a forgotten media-reform movement to recover alternatives and paths not taken.
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Corporations are Not People

Encourages the nullification of the Citizens United decision that makes corporations people and provides a guideline to forming a grassroots effort to obtain a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision.

Author: Jeffrey D. Clements

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 9781609941055

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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Encourages the nullification of the Citizens United decision that makes corporations people and provides a guideline to forming a grassroots effort to obtain a constitutional amendment to reverse the decision.
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Corporate Power American Democracy and the Automobile Industry

The advent of safety regulation also required one of the most liberal Congresses
in American history - the 89th, responsible for much of the Great Society
legislation - as well as a series of shocking revelations concerning the industry's
 ...

Author: Stan Luger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521023610

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

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A critical history of government policy toward the US automobile industry, assessing the impact of the large corporation on American democracy.
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Captured

The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
... Naomi Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, “Corporations and American
Democracy: An Introduction,” in Corporations and American Democracy, ed.
Naomi ...

Author: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 9781620974926

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

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A leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee “spells out, in considerable detail, the extent of corporate influence over a variety of issues” in national politics (The New Yorker) As a U.S. senator and former federal prosecutor, Sheldon Whitehouse has had a front-row seat for the spectacle of dark money in government. In his widely praised book Captured, he describes how corporations buy influence over our government— not only over representatives and senators, but over the very regulators directly responsible for enforcing the laws under which these corporations operate, and over the judges and prosecutors who are supposed to be vigilant about protecting the public interest. In a case study that shows these operations at work, Whitehouse reveals how fossil fuel companies have held any regulation related to climate change at bay. The problem is structural: as Kirkus Reviews wrote, “many of the ills it illuminates are bipartisan.” This paperback edition features a new preface by the author that reveals how corporate influence has taken advantage of Donald Trump’s presidency to advance its agenda—and what we can do about it.
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American Business and Political Power

With this controversial book, Mark A. Smith sets conventional wisdom on its head. In a systematic analysis of postwar lawmaking, Smith reveals that business loses in legislative battles unless it has public backing.

Author: Mark A. Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226764656

Category: Political Science

Page: 245

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Most people believe that large corporations wield enormous political power when they lobby for policies as a cohesive bloc. With this controversial book, Mark A. Smith sets conventional wisdom on its head. In a systematic analysis of postwar lawmaking, Smith reveals that business loses in legislative battles unless it has public backing. This surprising conclusion holds because the types of issues that lead businesses to band together—such as tax rates, air pollution, and product liability—also receive the most media attention. The ensuing debates give citizens the information they need to hold their representatives accountable and make elections a choice between contrasting policy programs. Rather than succumbing to corporate America, Smith argues, representatives paradoxically become more responsive to their constituents when facing a united corporate front. Corporations gain the most influence over legislation when they work with organizations such as think tanks to shape Americans' beliefs about what government should and should not do.
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The Queering of Corporate America

I explore the interplay of Citizens United and the queering of corporate America
in this book's conclusion. ... R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, eds.,
Corporations and American Democracy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University
Press, 2018).

Author: Carlos A. Ball

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780807026342

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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An accurate picture of the LGBTQ rights movement's achievements is incomplete without this surprising history of how corporate America joined the cause. Legal scholar Carlos Ball tells the overlooked story of how LGBTQ activism aimed at corporations since the Stonewall riots helped turn them from enterprises either indifferent to or openly hostile toward sexual minorities and transgender individuals into reliable and powerful allies of the movement for queer equality. As a result of street protests and boycotts during the 1970s, AIDS activism directed at pharmaceutical companies in the 1980s, and the push for corporate nondiscrimination policies and domestic partnership benefits in the 1990s, LGBTQ activism changed big business's understanding and treatment of the queer community. By the 2000s, corporations were frequently and vigorously promoting LGBTQ equality, both within their walls and in the public sphere. Large companies such as American Airlines, Apple, Google, Marriott, and Walmart have been crucial allies in promoting marriage equality and opposing anti-LGBTQ regulations such as transgender bathroom laws. At a time when the LGBTQ movement is facing considerable political backlash, The Queering of Corporate America complicates the narrative of corporate conservatism and provides insights into the future legal, political, and cultural implications of this unexpected relationship.
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Corporate Personhood

Johnson, Lyman, Law and Legal Theory in the History of Corporate
Responsibility: Corporate Personhood, ... William J. Novak, Corporations and
American Democracy: An Introduction, in CORPORATIONS AND AMERICAN
DEMOCRACY 1 ...

Author: Susanna Kim Ripken

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108416528

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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Explores the nature of corporate personhood and how it affects the rights, powers, and influence of corporations in society.
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News Incorporated

Examines how the media's portrayal of world events can be influenced by government, corporate, and religious pressures.

Author: Professor of Philosophy Elliot D Cohen, PhD

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106017647774

Category: Political Science

Page: 319

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Examines how the media's portrayal of world events can be influenced by government, corporate, and religious pressures.
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Managers Vs Owners

This book deals with a subject of profound importance: understanding the place of the modern corporation in a democratic society.

Author: Allen Kaufman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195098609

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 271

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Managers vs. Owners: The Struggle for Corporate Control in American Democracy deals with a subject of profound importance: understanding the place of the modern corporation in a democratic society. This latest volume in the acclaimed Ruffin Series in Business Ethics describes how the balance between corporate power and government regulation has changed with the interests of society as a whole. The first section examines the debates over the rules that individuals or organized groups would agree to follow in their interactions to accrue social advantages. The second section looks at management's point of view and tells how law promotes the need for managerial collective action and provides a vocabulary for articulating management as a profession. The authors conclude by looking at the impact of collective investor action - especially institutional investors - on the efforts by managers to preserve their autonomy. This examination of the inherent conflicts between the interests of corporate owners, the interests of the larger society, and the interests of managers who run corporations will be essential reading for students, scholars, and professionals concerned with the place of the large corporation in a democratic society.
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Gangs of America

The activist and founder of Peachpit Press reveals how the corporation has become the dominant institution in modern life, pointing to the dangers this situation holds for the planet and presenting a blueprint for restoring democracy.

Author: Ted Nace

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1576753190

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 297

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The activist and founder of Peachpit Press reveals how the corporation has become the dominant institution in modern life, pointing to the dangers this situation holds for the planet and presenting a blueprint for restoring democracy. Reprint.
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Unequal Protection

"Hartmann tells a startling story of the rise of corporate dominance and the theft of human rights as corporations use the Fourteenth Amendment to further their own agendas"--Provided by publisher.

Author: Thom Hartmann

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 9781605095608

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

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Hartmann tells a startling story of the rise of corporate dominance and the theft of human rights as corporations use the Fourteenth Amendment to further their own agendas.
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The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite

If this formulation is correct, then iflarge corporations, with their impressive
resources, are able to achieve a high degree of political unity, they pose a
considerable threat to American democracy. I have suggested that precisely the
opposite ...

Author: Mark S. Mizruchi

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674075368

Category: Social Science

Page: 363

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Critics warn that corporate leaders have too much influence over American politics. Mark Mizruchi worries they exert too little. American CEOs have abdicated their civic responsibilities in helping the government address national challenges, with grave consequences for society. A sobering assessment of the dissolution of America’s business class.
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From the Ruins of Empire

And Liang began to lose his faith in people's rights as the cure-all to autocracy as
his indictment of American democracy grew. As he saw it, corporate interests
played an insidious role in American politics. Frequent elections made for policy
 ...

Author: Pankaj Mishra

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429945981

Category: History

Page: 368

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A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima, original thinkers across Asia, working independently, sought to frame a distinctly Asian intellectual tradition that would inform and inspire the continent's anticipated rise to dominance. Asian dominance did not come to pass, and those thinkers—Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and Sun Yatsen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire—are seen as outriders from the main anticolonial tradition. But Pankaj Mishra shows that it was otherwise in this stereotype-shattering book. His enthralling group portrait of like minds scattered across a vast continent makes clear that modern Asia's revolt against the West is not the one led by faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants but one with deep roots in the work of thinkers who devised a view of life that was neither modern nor antimodern, neither colonialist nor anticolonialist. In broad, deep, dramatic chapters, Mishra tells the stories of these figures, unpacks their philosophies, and reveals their shared goal of a greater Asia. Right now, when the emergence of a greater Asia seems possible as at no previous time in history, From the Ruins of Empire is as necessary as it is timely—a book essential to our understanding of the world and our place in it.
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Grassroots for Hire

This book examines how elite consultants are reshaping democracy by helping corporations and powerful advocacy groups to mobilize grassroots participation.

Author: Edward T. Walker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107021365

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 297

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Although 'grassroots' conjures up images of independent citizen organizing, much mass participation today is sponsored by elite consultants working for corporations and powerful interest groups. This book pulls back the curtain to reveal a lucrative industry of consulting firms that incentivize public activism as a marketable service. Edward Walker illustrates how, spurred by the post-sixties advocacy explosion and rising business political engagement, elite consultants have deployed new technologies to commercialize mass participation. Using evidence from interviews, surveys and public records, Grassroots for Hire paints a detailed portrait of these consultants and their clients. Today, Fortune 500 firms hire them to counter-mobilize against regulation, protest or controversy. Ironically, some advocacy groups now outsource organizing to them. Walker also finds that consultants are reshaping both participation and policymaking, but unethical 'astroturf' strategies are often ineffective. This pathbreaking book calls for a rethinking of interactions between corporations, advocacy groups, and elites in politics.
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Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy

Formal equality had been won for white males; the vote would be extended soon
to women and, later but eventually, to African Americans. The looming crisis was
economic: the domination of American life by national corporations, the ...

Author: Gerald M. Pomper

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300130627

Category: Political Science

Page: 301

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"Pomper draws portraits of three heroes from outside the halls of government: Thurlow Weed, who urged the reelection of President Lincoln; Ida Tarbell, whose newspaper articles led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly; and Representative John Lewis, who was a young leader of the civil rights movement."--Jacket.
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Democracy Inc

... and more powerful the corporate media giants have become, the poorer the
prospects for participatory democracy.”2 On the other side are those who argue
in favor of expertise, efficiency, and the popular. The rise of corporate America,
with ...

Author: David S. Allen

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252029752

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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He argues that such values, including winning, efficiency, and profitability, actually limit democratic involvement by devaluing discursive principles, creating an informed yet inactive public. Through an examination of professionalization in both the press and the law, corporate free speech rights, and free speech as property, Democracy, Inc. demonstrates how corporate values have warped our understanding of democracy and the concept of citizenship."--BOOK JACKET.
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American Democracy in Jeopardy

This book shows how a person's beliefs are formed and how their beliefs control their actions, and influence what they see, and what they want to hear.

Author: Frank Dalotto

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781449077594

Category: Political Science

Page: 116

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American Democracy in Jeopardy is about how rapid advances in technology, the internet, and the growth of Cable TV has drawn the attention of viewers looking for a quick and entertaining sound bite to reinforce their political beliefs. This book shows how a person's beliefs are formed and how their beliefs control their actions, and influence what they see, and what they want to hear. The book also demonstrates why people tune into political entertainers with strongly biased and emotionally charged content who serve to reinforce their biased beliefs. Our hope for a thriving American democracy and for the future lies with our children's educational system and the need to focus more on developing critical thinking skills and less on content and in teaching to tests.
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The Paradox of American Democracy

AEI became the favorite cause of corporations that were worried about
government regulation and the power of Nader and the AFLCIO. By 1981, more
than 600 corporations were contributing 40 percent of their annual budget.
Baroody was ...

Author: John B. Judis

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780804150620

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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John B. Judis, one of our most insightful political commentators, most rational and careful thinkers, and most engaged witnesses in Washington, has taken on a challenge that even the most concerned American citizens shrink from: forecasting the American political climate at the turn of the century. The Paradox of American Democracy is a penetrating examination of our democracy that illuminates the forces and institutions that once enlivened it and now threaten to undermine it. It is the well-reasoned discussion we need in this era of unrestrained expert opinions and ideologically biased testimony. The disenchantment with our political system can be seen in decreasing voter turnout, political parties co-opted by consultants and large contributors, the corrupting influence of "soft money," and concern for national welfare subverted by lobbying organizations and special-interest groups. Judis revisits particular moments—the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the 1960s—to discover what makes democracy the most efficacious and, consequently, most inefficacious. What has worked in the past is a balancing act between groups of elites—trade commissions, labor relations boards, policy groups—whose mandates are to act in the national interest and whose actions are governed by a disinterested pursuit of the common good. Judis explains how the displacment of such elites by a new lobbying community in Whashington has given rise to the cynicism that corrodes the current political system. The Paradox of American Democracy goes straight to the heart of every political debate in this country.
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