Business and Government: Methods and Practice
David Coen, Wyn Grant
Barbara Budrich, 2006 - Political Science - 136 pages
This volume reviews current debates on the role of business in politics and it assesses emerging methodological approaches to its study. The book brings together leading scholars to assess various qualitative and quantitative methods, network analysis, historical context and positive rational choice modeling, and detailed research case studies in the study of Business-Government relations. Businesses have developed an increasingly sophisticated appreciation of the policy process, as well as an ability to develop complex strategies to influence it over the last 30 years. This volume reviews current debates on the role of business in politics and it assesses emerging methodological approaches to its study. The book brings together qualitative and quantitative methods, network analysis, historical context and positive rational choice modeling, and detailed research case studies. There is coverage of the environment in which business operates, including state, regional and international institutional frameworks. The internal organizational structure of business interests is considered along with the range of strategies used to influence the policy process. The book explores what policy-makers demand and what business supplies to the policy process. The key role of the firm as a political actor is emphasized, leading to a call for a theoretically informed political economy of the firm. The editors: Dr David Coen, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Director of Msc in Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University College London Professor Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick The contributors: Andreas Broscheid, University of North Carolina - Pembroke David Coen, University College London Wyn Grant, Warwick University Cathie Jo Martin, Boston University Volker Schneider, University of Konstanz, Germany Graham K. Wilson University of Wisconsin - Madison
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