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How the idea of the local ‘business climate’ was created in the 1950s to give companies leverage at the height of unions’ power.

Hanley, Caroline (2021) How the idea of the local ‘business climate’ was created in the 1950s to give companies leverage at the height of unions’ power. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (02 Jul 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Most states, cities and local authorities in the US are concerned with promoting and maintaining a favorable “business climate” in order to attract inward investment, jobs and other economic benefits. Using General Electric’s “Better Business Climate” program as a case study, Caroline Hanley finds that the concept was mobilized by a grassroots conservative political movement in the 1950s as a way of undermining the power of labor unions. The business climate concept, she writes, has since become a way for businesses to define their own interests as shared community interests.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 13:06
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 23:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111761

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