Open Journal of Business and Management

Volume 7, Issue 4 (October 2019)

ISSN Print: 2329-3284   ISSN Online: 2329-3292

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Invisible, Unfettered and Predictable—The Patterning of Corporate Political Activity in the UK

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DOI: 10.4236/ojbm.2019.74123    278 Downloads   634 Views  
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Corporate interests’ access to the UK Cabinet Office shows that corporate political activity in the UK is common, involving lobbying by large numbers of businesses from a wide range of industrial sectorsalbeit with considerable sectoral variation. Firm size appears to be the most deterministic variablelarger firms enjoy significantly more access to government than small and medium-sized firms. However, most lobbying is undertaken by domestic firmsmultinational firms, despite their size, may concentrate their lobbying on supranational institutions. Associations representing smaller businesses are also underrepresented. The patterning and behaviour of corporate political activity in the UKlargely unregulatedmirrors that of jurisdictions where it is more regulated and monitored; inviting either a reappraisal of the impact of regulation on lobbying or a consideration of why UK lobbying, unfettered and relatively invisible, behaves in an identical manner.

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Kone, M. and Farnhill, T. (2019) Invisible, Unfettered and Predictable—The Patterning of Corporate Political Activity in the UK. Open Journal of Business and Management, 7, 1779-1802. doi: 10.4236/ojbm.2019.74123.

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