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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 Stickiness of Lobbying

The Stickiness of Lobbying

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The Business of America is Lobbying

Lee Drutman

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides empirical support for my theory that lobbying is sticky. The evidence is clear: once companies start lobbying, they tend to keep lobbying. By far, the best predictor of a company’s current year’s lobbying is the company’s previous year’s lobbying. The year before that also works well as a predictor, as does the year before that. While bigger companies do lobby more, company lobbying activity is primarily explained by persistence factors. Big changes in presence are rare. Lobbying is indeed very sticky.

Keywords:   business, lobbying, company, persistence

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