ERIC Number: ED277625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Does Big Business Rule America? Critical Commentaries on Charles E. Lindblom's "Politics and Markets."
Hessen, Robert, Ed.
This volume pulls together commentaries on Charles E. Lindblom's book entitled "Politics and Markets: The World's Political-Economic Systems" (1977) which expounds the thesis that big business dominates American culture and politics and prevents the introduction of central planning in place of a market-oriented economy. Following an introduction, this collection of essays is organized into two parts. Part 1 contains arguments against the book's thesis in these six essays: "Pluralism Reconsidered" by Eugene Bardach; "An Alarmist View of Corporate Influence" by Royall Brandis; "How Powerful is Business?" by Ithiel de Sola Pool; "Democracy and the Corporation" by James Q. Wilson; "Business, Government, the Public: Who Manipulates Whom?" by Paul J. Halpern; and "The Servility of Business" by Clarence J. Brown. Part 2 contains an essay by David Stockman entitled "How the Market Outwits the Planners" which is a rebuttal of Lindblom's claim that natural resources will be depleted in an economy based on production-for-profit. (KW)
Descriptors: Business, Economic Factors, Economics, Global Approach, Government (Administrative Body), International Education, Political Science, Politics
University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706 ($6.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC.