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Business and social policy

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/9781861344748.003.0002
Business and social policy

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This chapter highlights and distinguished two forms of power: agency and structure. It argues that each form is important today and both are interrelated. Their significance varies over time and between states. In order to influence through agency, business first needed to be interested in an area of social policy and then needed to follow this through. The discussion shows the sheer complexity of this process. Since structural power can determine policy outcomes, it is often not necessary for business to resort to agency. It is necessary to consider each of the following: both agency and structural factors; how both structural and agency influences have changed over time; the variability of agency and structural influences between policy areas; varying business views over time and between policy areas; and how and why different parts of business may try to influence social policy.

Keywords: agency power; structural power; social policy; business influence

Chapter.  10198 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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