The corporate context of lobbying activity

Holly Brasher, David Lynn Lowery

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

40 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Despite extensive research on political activity on the part of corporations, clear and consistent findings remain elusive. We identify three reasons for this failure. First, most of the empirical literature on corporate political activity simply studies the wrong phenomena by examining political action committees rather than lobbying more generally. Second, the literature studies an excessively narrow sample of organizations that might engage in lobbying, focusing almost always on extremely large corporations, which inevitably attenuates variance on many of the variables hypothesized to influence engagement in political activity. And third, prior work is rarely attentive to the diversity of corporate activities, narrowly conceptualizing vital aspects of the business context that might influence decisions to engage in political activity. Based on this critique, we develop and test new models of corporate political activity, finding that the diversity of the economic context within which firms work and firm size matter a great deal, if in ways somewhat different from those reported in prior work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalBusiness and Politics
Volume8
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

Fingerprint

political activity
corporation
firm
political action
Lobbying
Political activity
Corporate political activity
economics
literature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Political Science and International Relations

Cite this

Brasher, H., & Lowery, D. L. (2006). The corporate context of lobbying activity. Business and Politics, 8(1), 1-25.
Brasher, Holly ; Lowery, David Lynn. / The corporate context of lobbying activity. In: Business and Politics. 2006 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 1-25.
@article{b3a0aaed240d4ce6b67e85d82e2628dd,
title = "The corporate context of lobbying activity",
abstract = "Despite extensive research on political activity on the part of corporations, clear and consistent findings remain elusive. We identify three reasons for this failure. First, most of the empirical literature on corporate political activity simply studies the wrong phenomena by examining political action committees rather than lobbying more generally. Second, the literature studies an excessively narrow sample of organizations that might engage in lobbying, focusing almost always on extremely large corporations, which inevitably attenuates variance on many of the variables hypothesized to influence engagement in political activity. And third, prior work is rarely attentive to the diversity of corporate activities, narrowly conceptualizing vital aspects of the business context that might influence decisions to engage in political activity. Based on this critique, we develop and test new models of corporate political activity, finding that the diversity of the economic context within which firms work and firm size matter a great deal, if in ways somewhat different from those reported in prior work.",
author = "Holly Brasher and Lowery, {David Lynn}",
year = "2006",
month = "4",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "8",
pages = "1--25",
journal = "Business and Politics",
issn = "1469-3569",
publisher = "Berkeley Electronic Press",
number = "1",

}

Brasher, H & Lowery, DL 2006, 'The corporate context of lobbying activity', Business and Politics, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-25.

The corporate context of lobbying activity. / Brasher, Holly; Lowery, David Lynn.

In: Business and Politics, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.04.2006, p. 1-25.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - The corporate context of lobbying activity

AU - Brasher, Holly

AU - Lowery, David Lynn

PY - 2006/4/1

Y1 - 2006/4/1

N2 - Despite extensive research on political activity on the part of corporations, clear and consistent findings remain elusive. We identify three reasons for this failure. First, most of the empirical literature on corporate political activity simply studies the wrong phenomena by examining political action committees rather than lobbying more generally. Second, the literature studies an excessively narrow sample of organizations that might engage in lobbying, focusing almost always on extremely large corporations, which inevitably attenuates variance on many of the variables hypothesized to influence engagement in political activity. And third, prior work is rarely attentive to the diversity of corporate activities, narrowly conceptualizing vital aspects of the business context that might influence decisions to engage in political activity. Based on this critique, we develop and test new models of corporate political activity, finding that the diversity of the economic context within which firms work and firm size matter a great deal, if in ways somewhat different from those reported in prior work.

AB - Despite extensive research on political activity on the part of corporations, clear and consistent findings remain elusive. We identify three reasons for this failure. First, most of the empirical literature on corporate political activity simply studies the wrong phenomena by examining political action committees rather than lobbying more generally. Second, the literature studies an excessively narrow sample of organizations that might engage in lobbying, focusing almost always on extremely large corporations, which inevitably attenuates variance on many of the variables hypothesized to influence engagement in political activity. And third, prior work is rarely attentive to the diversity of corporate activities, narrowly conceptualizing vital aspects of the business context that might influence decisions to engage in political activity. Based on this critique, we develop and test new models of corporate political activity, finding that the diversity of the economic context within which firms work and firm size matter a great deal, if in ways somewhat different from those reported in prior work.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33646400858&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33646400858&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Review article

AN - SCOPUS:33646400858

VL - 8

SP - 1

EP - 25

JO - Business and Politics

JF - Business and Politics

SN - 1469-3569

IS - 1

ER -

Brasher H, Lowery DL. The corporate context of lobbying activity. Business and Politics. 2006 Apr 1;8(1):1-25.