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The rise and decline of the Business Roundtable?

The rise and decline of the Business Roundtable?

Cronin, Bruce ORCID: 0000-0002-3776-8924 (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 Macmillan, New York, pp. 133-157. ISBN 978-1137574930 (doi:

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This chapter reviews the rise of the Business Roundtable, examines the organizational methods underpinning its success, and considers whether it is now, as some have argued, in a state of decline. An historical method is employed, drawing on a variety of accounts of the major policy battlegrounds over the last 50 years in some detail. This method is supplemented by a social network analysis of the changing position of the Roundtable in the network of congressional lobbying, employing a little-used dataset. The author finds 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 organizations. It has been able to accommodate new powerful organizational 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; Corporate 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 / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
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