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Corporate power: agency, communication, influence and social policy

Miller, David and Mooney, Gerry (2010). Corporate power: agency, communication, influence and social policy. Critical Social Policy, 30(4) pp. 459–471.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261018310376800
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Abstract

This paper introduces this themed issue of Critical Social Policy on the question of corporate power. Corporate power is recognized as an important agent in social policy making and delivery. However, to date there has been comparatively little attention to the crucial role that lobbying and corporate ‘spin’ play in helping to shape policy making contexts. This special issue of Critical Social Policy is concerned to bring such issues to the mainstream of social policy analysis. It is argued here that the rise of spin and public relations is a key feature of neoliberalism in the past two decades. These have worked to reshape policy making, resulting in pronounced changes in the content and process of policy making and it is argued that these have tended to marginalize or undermine democratic processes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
ISSN: 0261-0183
Keywords: communication and social policy; globalization; lobbying; neoliberalism; public relations; sociology of corporate power
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 28211
Depositing User: Gerry Mooney
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 16:36
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2012 14:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28211
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