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POLS 3470 - Week 7

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Political Science
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POLS 3470
Tim Mau

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POLS 3470 – Bus/Gov’t Relations 03/11/2014 Representation of Business Interests in Canada                            October 23, 2013 Trade association level  Broad­based associations – ie: CCCE, CME, CCC, CFIB Corporate lobbying  Strategy for larger firms See value in terms of having their own in house advocacy abilities Capacity for shaping the direction of the state  Professional lobbyists/consultants  Demonstrate that their not driven exclusively for profits, values directed towards being socially responsible  Curry influence with politicians and understand their perspectives on different issues  Secure government procurement contracts  Loans, grants or various other subsidies Typically use consulting firms to do the research, background prep work and allowing the firm in question to do the  pitch Firms tend to be created by former partisans, leave and set up own government consulting firms  Clear cut connections and ideological values Campaign contributions  On face, any staff member is essentially banned from leaving government and going to work for a lobbying firm until 5  years after their leave Privileged Position of Business (Charles Lindblom) Business not just an interest group – assumes a privileged position  Business leaders – a kind of public official In the absence of a market, it would fall to the state to make the decisions of composition, resource allocation, etc.  Business people are taking on a function of the state Perform indispensible public functions  Role of government – get business people to perform their tasks  Cannot command business to perform, therefore provide concessions/inducements Fulfill those economic roles in society, include things like wealth, influence, power, prestige, authority Collaboration and deference are essential  Other privileged interest groups? Rely on paycheck for livelihood, need pay to live  Business people risk capital/reputation aren’t compelled to do that, need inducements  Not all of business demands are uncontested Con
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