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Introduction: globalisation, corporate power and social policies

Kevin Farnsworth

in Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344748
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301998 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344748.003.0001
Introduction: globalisation, corporate power and social policies

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Interest in the power and influence of business is probably higher today than at any time in the past. Academics, journalists and political activists warn of the grave dangers posed to nations and their citizens by large corporations; governments regularly remind their citizens of the policy pressures they face from business under conditions of global competitiveness; and transnational corporations use, with increasing regularity, the threat of taking their investments elsewhere should national policies contravene their interests. While questions regarding the opinions and influences of business have been raised with increasing frequency, few studies have investigated these issues in any detail. This chapter examines business influence on social policy; the variables and scope of this book; the theoretical framework; business power and influence on social policy; structural power and social policy; and corporate agency and social policy with regard to business opinion, business action, and business influence.

Keywords: social policy; business power; structural power; business opinion; corporate agency

Chapter.  4519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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