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The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K.
This book offers a new thesis concerning the nature of contemporary political activity by large business firms. I will argue that a politicized leading edge of the leadership of a number of major corporations has come to play a major role in defining and promoting the shared needs of large corporations in two of the industrial democracies, the United States and the United Kingdom. Rooted in intercorporate networks through shared ownership and directorship of large companies in both countries, this politically active group of directors and top managers gives coherence and direction to the politics of business. Most business leaders are not part of what I shall term here the inner circle. Their concerns extend little beyond the immediate welfare of their own firms. But those few whose positions make them sensitive to the welfare of a wide range of firms have come to exercise a voice on behalf of the entire business community.
p. 3-25, The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K., by Michael Useem, 1984, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-inner-circle-9780195040333?cc=us&lang=en&
Useem, M. (1984). Organizing Business. In Useem, M. The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K., 3-25. Oxford University Press.
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Date Posted: 25 October 2018