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Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America

Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America
By David Vogel
2003/04 - Beard Books
1587981696 - Paperback - Reprint -  349 pp.
US$34.95

A historical and scholarly account that illuminates the powerful business forces at work on both political parties.

Publisher Comments

Categories: Banking & Finance  

A fascinating account of the dynamics of business-government relations in the United States between 1960 and 1988. The book demonstrates that the political power of business in America, as measured by public acceptance and its ability to influence legislation and policy, has not been stable; rather, its political fortunes have constantly changed. These changes are a function of the performance of the economy: business is most influential when the economy is performing well. David Vogel uses this framework to describe and explain the major political and business developments of the period.

From Book News, Inc.:

Synopsis In this study, Vogel (business and political science, U. of California, Berkeley) identifies the factors behind fluctuations in the relative political power of business in America between 1960 and 1988. In so doing, he sheds light on major political developments during this period, including the growth of consumer and environmental interest groups in the first half of this period and the later resurgence of business political power. The volume was originally published in 1989 by Basic Books in New York. Annotation 2003 

From Library Journal:

Within the last three decades, the power of American business to influence legislation and policy has fluctuated dramatically. According to the author (business & public policy, Berkeley), the performance of the economy and the political power of business are inversely related. Vogel traces in detail the factors influencing the fortunes of business by concentrating on four issues: the regulation of corporate social conduct; tax policy; labor-management relations; and energy policy. This impressive, well-written history is a valuable contribution. Highly recommended.-- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.

From Barnes and Noble:

The first systematic and comprehensive attempt to present an overview of the changes that have occurred in the U.S. over the last thirty years.

David Vogel is a professor at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on government-business relations. He received a B.A. from Queens College, City of New York, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Other Beard Books by David Vogel:

Preface ix
I. Introduction: The Power of Business 3
II. The Privileged Position of Business, 1960 to 1966 16
III. The Rise of Consumerism, 1966 to 1969 37
IV. Business on the Defensive, 1969 to 1972 59
V. The Public-Interest Movement 93
VI. The Politics of Economic Stagnation, 1973 to 1976 113
VII. Business Turns the Tide, 1977 to 1980 148
VIII. The Political Resurgence of Business 193
IX. Business and the Reagan 240
X. Conclusion 290
Notes 301
Index 323

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