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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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Why the Growth of Corporate Lobbying Matters

Why the Growth of Corporate Lobbying Matters

(p.22) 2 Why the Growth of Corporate Lobbying Matters
The Business of America is Lobbying

Lee Drutman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the growth of corporate lobbying changes the policymaking environment. More lobbying makes political change harder, which largely benefits the previous winners (mostly corporations). More lobbying also makes legislation and policy more complex. This creates more opportunities for low-salience lobbying and increases congressional reliance on outside experts. This second issue is exacerbated by the increasing brain drain from Congress to K Street. As lobbying becomes more competitive and pervasive, companies invest more and more resources in shaping the “intellectual environment” of Washington. They fund more think tanks, more organizations, more panel discussions and research reports and op-eds and white papers. These changes all generally help business, since corporations are best positioned to pay the increasingly high costs of effective influence.

Keywords:   business, lobbying, influence, complexity, gridlock

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