Political Science Perspectives on Business and Government

40 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 28 Jul 2010

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Wyn Grant

University of Warwick - Department of Politics and International Studies

David Coen

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Graham Wilson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Four debates have been generated in the political science literature on business and government. One is the Lindblom thesis about structural business power. A second is about whether business has enjoyed unfair advantages in politics. A third is concerned with whether business-government relations can lead to suboptimal public policy. A fourth variant is that the state dominates business-government relations. Over time firms have become more sophisticated in their approaches to politics. Variations in their approaches can be analysed in terms of a number of structural variables, but what is still lacking and still needed is a political science theory of the firm. Crises in capitalism can lead to new forms of government-business relations.

Keywords: Firm, government, business, capitalism, public policy

JEL Classification: D21

Suggested Citation

Grant, Wyn and Coen, David and Wilson, Graham, Political Science Perspectives on Business and Government (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1644313

Wyn Grant (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Politics and International Studies ( email )

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David Coen

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/people/david_coen.php

Graham Wilson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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