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The Business of America is LobbyingHow Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate$
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Lee Drutman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190215514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190215514.001.0001

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The Pervasive Position of Business

The Pervasive Position of Business

(p.1) 1 The Pervasive Position of Business
The Business of America is Lobbying

Lee Drutman

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that business has achieved a “pervasive position” in American politics. Increasingly, corporations heed the old Washington adage, “if you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu,” by having their lobbyists show up at every table. The chapter outlines the basic theoretical arguments of the book: that once companies come to Washington, they tend to stick around; that over time, corporations become more aggressive and more particularistic in their lobbying; and that lobbyists are the key drivers of this process. It also shows that corporate lobbying expenditures increasingly dwarf the expenditures of countervailing forces – for every $1 spent by diffuse interest groups and unions, business now spends $34.

Keywords:   business, lobbying, influence, interest groups

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