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Chapter. 9. Influencing the Political Environment. Participants in the Political Environment Influencing the Business-Government Relationship Political Action Tactics Levels of Political Involvement Campaign Finance Reform: A Special Issue - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Influencing the Political Environment Participants in the Political Environment Influencing the Business-Government Relationship Political Action Tactics Levels of Political Involvement Campaign Finance Reform: A Special Issue Business Political ActionA Global Challenge

    Chapter9

  • The arguments for and against political involvement by businessWhy Business Should Be Involved

    A pluralistic system invites many participants.

    Economic stakes are high for firms.

    Business counterbalances other social interests.

    Business is a vital stakeholder of government.Why Business Should Not Be Involved

    Managers are not qualified to engage in political debate.

    Business is too big, too powerful.

    Business is too selfish to care about the common good.

    Business risks its credibility by engaging in partisan politics.Figure 9.1

  • Corporate political strategyCorporate political strategyInvolves the activities taken by organizations to acquire, develop, and use power to obtain an advantage.Three strategic typesInformation strategy: where businesses seek to provide government policymakers with information to influence their actions.Financial-incentives strategy: where businesses provide incentives to influence government policymakers to act in a certain way.Constituency-building strategy: where businesses seek to gain from other affected organizations to better influence government policymakers to act in a way that helps them.

  • Political strategies, tactics, and characteristics: Information strategyTactics Lobbying Direct communication Expert witness testimony

    Characteristics Targets government policymakers by providing information.Figure 9.2aSource: Adapted from Amy J. Hillman and Michael A. Hitt, Corporate Political Strategy Formulation: A Model Approach, Participation, and Strategy Decisions, Academy of Management Review, 24 (1999), Table 1, p. 835.

  • Political strategies, tactics, and characteristics: Financial-incentive strategyTacticsPolitical contributionsEconomic leveragePolitical consulting aidOffice personnel

    CharacteristicsTargets government policymakers by providing financial incentives.Figure 9.2bSource: Adapted from Amy J. Hillman and Michael A. Hitt, Corporate Political Strategy Formulation: A Model Approach, Participation, and Strategy Decisions, Academy of Management Review, 24 (1999), Table 1, p. 835.

  • Political strategies, tactics, and characteristics: Constituency-building strategyTactics Stakeholder coalitions Advocacy advertising Public relations Legal challenges

    Characteristics Targets government policymakers by providing informationFigure 9.2cSource: Adapted from Amy J. Hillman and Michael A. Hitt, Corporate Political Strategy Formulation: A Model Approach, Participation, and Strategy Decisions,Academy of Management Review, 24 (1999), Table 1, p. 835.

  • Political action tacticsLobbyingLobbyists communicate with and try to persuade others to support an organizations interest or stake as they consider a particular law, policy, or regulation.Direct communications with policymakersBusinesses often participate in activities that will improve government officials understanding of management and employee concerns.Expert witness testimonyBusinesses may want to provide facts, anecdotes, or data to educate or influence government leaders through public congressional hearings.

  • The Business RoundtableOne of the most effective organizations for promoting direct communication between business and policymakers.It is an organization of CEOs of leading corporations.It studies various public policy issues and advocates for laws it believes foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic global economy.Considers issues like corporate governance, education, health care, and civil justice reform.

  • Top 15 business lobbyist expenditures for 2000Figure 9.3a

  • Top 10 association lobbyist expenditures for 2000Figure 9.3bSource: Compiled from the Lobbyist Database, Center for Responsive Politics. www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists

  • Promoting a financial-incentive strategyPolitical action committeesIndependently incorporated organizations that can solicit contributions and then channel those funds to candidates seeking political office.

    Economic leverageOccurs when a business uses its economic power to threaten to leave a city, state, or country unless a desired political action is taken.

  • Political action committee activityFigure 9.4Number of PACs

  • Promoting a constituency-building strategyStakeholder coalitionsBusinesses try to influence politics by mobilizing various organizational stakeholders to support its political agenda.Advocacy advertisingAdvertisements that focus on a companys views on controversial political issues.Public relations and trade associationsBusinesses may include a politically charged comment in a speech given by a senior company executive or even run a well-funded, long-running public relations campaign.Legal challenges Business seeks to overturn a law after it has been passed.

  • Levels of business political involvementLevel 3: Aggressive Organizational Involvement Executive participation Involvement with industry working groups and task forces Public policy developmentLevel 2: Moderate Organizational Involvement Organizational lobbyist Employee grassroots involvement Stockholders and customers encouraged to become involvedLevel 1: Limited Organizational Involvement Contribution to political action committee Support of a trade association or industry activities

    Figure 9.5

  • Campaign finance reformSoft moneyUnlimited contributions to the national political parties by individuals or organizations for party-building activities.

  • Top soft money contributors to both political parties, 2001-2002 Figure 9.6Source: www.opensecrets.org/news/campaignfinancing.

  • Top soft money overall donors, 2001-2002Figure 9.7

  • Campaign financing reform abroad Limits on expenditures Contribution limits Disclosure regulations Bans against certain types of contribution Bans against certain types of expenditures Measures designed to encourage donations Subsidies in-kind Public subsidies