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What motivates business to donate to politics? A framework and an empirical application

McMenamin, Iain orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1704-390X and Power, Samuel D (2023) What motivates business to donate to politics? A framework and an empirical application. Interest Groups and Advocacy, 12 . pp. 272-296. ISSN 2047-7422

The secrecy, subtlety, and diversity of party-firm relations have proven challenging to synthesise. We introduce a new heuristic framework for the study business donors on the basis of pragmatic, partisan, and social motivations. We illustrate our framework with an analysis of donors to the UK Conservative Party from the property services and construction industries. While actors make it almost impossible to place particular events in our framework, in the aggregate the framework is empirically tractable. We triangulate a study of over twenty years of donations data, news on social events, and qualitative data to argue that the construction industry is motivated by a combination of pragmatic and social motivations, while the property services industry is best described by a combination of the social and partisan motivations.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:democracy, lobbying, United Kingdom, corruption, Conservative Party, interest groups, business, construction, property
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Official URL:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41309-0...
Copyright Information:Authors
ID Code:30093
Deposited On:25 Jun 2024 09:51 by Iain Mcmenamin . Last Modified 25 Jun 2024 09:51

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