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Corporate Strategy and the Politics of Goodwill

A Political Analysis of Corporate Philanthropy in America

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Steven Neiheisel

One of the more controversial on-going debates in the social sciences concerns the relationship between business, government, and society. This original study makes a significant contribution to that debate by analyzing the relationship between political pressure and corporate philanthropy. Specifically, the effects of public opinion, interest group pressure, regulation, and formalized corporate-government relations along with various economic data are tested. The author develops compelling and thought-provoking hypotheses and tests them with unique, revealing data and appropriate statistical techniques.