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The rise and decline of the Business Roundtable?

The rise and decline of the Business Roundtable?

Cronin, Bruce (2017) The rise and decline of the Business Roundtable? In: Salas-Porras, Alejandra and Murray, Georgina, (eds.) Think Tanks and Global Politics: Key Spaces in the Structure of Power. Palgrave Mcmillan, pp. 133-157. (In Press)

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Abstract

The US Business Roundtable provides an interesting extension of the legitimising claim that think tanks act above particular interests as expressions of a common or national interest. While explicitly advocating the interests of the largest US corporations, the Roundtable simultaneously embodies Charles Wilson’s popularly interpreted dictat “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country”.

In this paper I review the rise of the Business Roundtable, examine the organisational methods underpinning its success and consider whether it is now, as some have argued, in a state of decline. I predominantly employ an historical method, drawing on a variety of accounts of the major policy battlegrounds over the last fifty years in some detail. I supplement this with a social network analysis of the changing position of the Roundtable in the network of Congressional lobbying, utilising a little-used dataset

I find that the persistence of the Roundtable and its effective modus operandi indicates that the forces of elite cohesion are wider than those formed by the interlocking personnel between organisations. It has been able to accommodate new powerful organisational entities that have emerged with changes to the structure of the economy and continues to become increasingly central to the US policy advocacy network.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented during the 3rd ISA Forum on Sociology held in Vienna, Austria on 12 July 2016.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Network Analysis; Think Tanks; Coporate Political Activity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 21:58
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT c
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15915

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