American Business & Public Policy: The Politics of Foreign Trade

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AldineˇAtherton, 1972 - Business & Economics - 499 pages
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American Business and Public Policy is a study of the politics of foreign trade. It challenges fifty years of writ ing on pressure politics. It includes nine hundred interviews with heads of corporations, including 166 of the 200 largest corporations; another 500 interviews with congressmen, lob byists, journalists, and opinion leaders; and eight community studies making this book the most intensive survey in print of the politics of business. It is a realistic behavioral examination of a major type of economic decision.

The authors introduce their study with a history of the tariff as a political issue in American politics and a history of American tariff legislation in the years from Europe's trade recovery under the Marshall Plan to the challenge of the Common Market. They examine in succession the changing attitudes of the general public and the political actions of the business community, the lobbies, and Congress.

American Business and Public Policy is a contribution to social theory in several of its branches. It is a contribution to understanding the business community, to the social psychol ogy of communication and attitude change, to the study of political behavior in foreign policy.

American Business and Public Policy is at once a study of a classic issue in American politics--the tariff; decision-mak ing, particularly the relation of economic to social-psycho logical theories of behavior; business communication--what businessmen read about world affairs, what effect foreign travel has on them, where they turn for political advice, and how they seek political help; pressure politics, lobbying, and the Congressional process.

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Raymond A. Bauer is professor of business administration at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Ithiel de Sola Pool (1917-1984) was the founding chairman of the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the founder of the MIT Communications Forum. Lewis Anthony Dexter (1915-1995) was executive director of the Committee on Space Efforts and Society of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has worked for the Democratic National Committee and for several Republican and Democratic campaigns and office holders.

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