The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate by Lee DrutmanThe Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate by Lee Drutman

The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More…

byLee Drutman

Hardcover | April 16, 2015

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Corporate lobbyists are everywhere in Washington. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business. The largest companies now have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them. How did American businesses become so invested in politics? And what does all theirmoney buy? Drawing on extensive data and original interviews with corporate lobbyists, The Business of America is Lobbying provides a fascinating and detailed picture of what corporations do in Washington, why they do it, and why it matters. Prior to the 1970s, very few corporations had Washington offices. Buta wave of new government regulations and declining economic conditions mobilized business leaders. Companies developed new political capacities, and managers soon began to see public policy as an opportunity, not just a threat. Ever since, corporate lobbying has become increasingly more pervasive,more proactive, and more particularistic. Lee Drutman argues that lobbyists drove this development, helping managers to see why politics mattered, and how proactive and aggressive engagement could help companies' bottom lines. All this lobbying doesn't guarantee influence. Politics is a messy and unpredictable bazaar, and it is more competitive than ever. But the growth of lobbying has driven several important changes that make business more powerful. The status quo is harder to dislodge; policy is more complex; and, asCongress increasingly becomes a farm league for K Street, more and more of Washington's policy expertise now resides in the private sector. These and other changes increasingly raise the costs of effective lobbying to a level only businesses can typically afford. Lively and engaging, rigorous and nuanced, The Business of America is Lobbying will change how we think about lobbying-and how we might reform it.
Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the program on political reform at New America. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has been quoted and/or cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, Mother Jones, Vox, Politico, and many other publications, and on Morning Edition, All Things Conside...
Title:The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:April 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but it might not be what you expect. I first became aware of Lee Drutman's book, The Business of America is Lobbying, from a review on Fareed Zakaria' GPS program. Without knowing anything else about the book, I assumed that this would be a bit of an expose on the most egregious examples of corporate influence on government policy. However, this book turned out to be more of a technical analysis on how lobbying works and perpetuates itself within corporate America. Drutman presents lobbying as a sticky out-of-control industry that sells itself to the business world as their saviour against government regulation and restraint without proof or data to show that they are even doing what they say they are doing. And once a corporation starts dabbling in lobbying, they never cease or rarely reduce their involvement. If you believe, as I did, that the solution to business lobbying government is simply to legislate against it, Drutman destroys this notion by demonstrating how government's capacity to create non-partisan reports and legislation has been greatly compromised by cuts in the number of staff and their level of compensation. Government has over the years become more and more reliant on corporate and business resources to complete its research. The intertwining of government and corporate interests will not be easy to untangle. If you want to find out which company is taking which government official out to lunch or how the National Rifle Association has so much clout, this is not the book you want. But if you want to see how lobbying impacts both government and business, then you will want to pick this book up.
Date published: 2015-11-22

Table of Contents

1. The Pervasive Position of Business2. Why the Growth of Corporate Lobbying Matters3. The Growth of Corporate Lobbying4. How and Why Corporations Lobby5. How Corporations Cooperate and Compete6. How Corporations Make Sense of Politics7. How Lobbyists Perpetuate Lobbying8. Testing Alternative Explanations for Growth9. The Stickiness of Lobbying10. The Business of America is Lobbying

Editorial Reviews

"In the most impressive compilation of new data and analysis on corporate relations with the US government ever completed, Lee Drutman's painstaking and comprehensive study shows clearly how important individual corporations are in the federal lobbying game. At the same time, he shows just howdependent corporate leaders are on their government relations staff for knowledge about the value of the work of that very staff; how corporate lobbying is often as ineffective as it is self-perpetuating; and how it raises the cost of democracy for everyone. This will be seen for years as the bestbook on corporate lobbying in America and should be read by everyone with concern about how our government really works." --Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill, and co-author of Lobbying and Policy Change