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Interlocks, PACs, and Corporate Conservatism
American Journal of Sociology (1989)
  • Dan Clawson, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Alan Neustadtl

Two alternative corporate political strategies are identified for Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates in the 1980 congressional elections: (1) a pragmatic effort to promote a particular company's best interests and (2) an ideological effort to promote conservatism. With the use of multiple regression, this article examines three theoretical explanations of corporate political strategies. The expectations of corporate liberal theory are not confirmed. Rather, there is support for both state structure and interlock theories. It is argued that, at least in 1980, business political behavior was ideologically conservative, which business understood to represent classwide rational interests.

Publication Date
January, 1989
Citation Information
Dan Clawson and Alan Neustadtl. "Interlocks, PACs, and Corporate Conservatism" American Journal of Sociology Vol. 94 Iss. 4 (1989)
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