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Big Business and the State
Historical Transitions and Corporate Transformations, 1880s-1990s
Big Business and the State
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Harland Prechel - Author
SUNY series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations
Price: $76.50 
Hardcover - 317 pages
Release Date: May 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4593-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4593-8

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Paperback - 317 pages
Release Date: May 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4594-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4594-5

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Examines the evolution of corporate form and managerial process from the 1880s to the 1990s, detailing how corporations influenced government to affect changes in response to economic transitions.

In Big Business and the State Harland Prechel develops a conceptual framework that contrasts with prevailing definitions of the corporation. His analysis shows that corporate property rights and the legal basis of ownership are crucial to understanding corporate behavior. The book examines how historical transitions affected the three most significant corporate transformations in the last 110 years (1880s-1900s, 1920s-1930s, 1980s-1990s). During each period, in response to economic crisis, big business engaged in political behavior to pressure state managers to realign the institutional arrangements in which corporations were embedded. The historical multicausal method shows that economic crisis, managerial inefficiencies, dependence on external capital markets, and the political processes of redefining corporate property rights and corporate tax laws are crucial to understanding corporate transformation.

"This book tackles a complex set of historical, economic, political, and sociological issues with great energy and enthusiasm. The two things I like best are the author's attention to issues of law, legislation, and the legal form of corporations, and his explicit awareness and treatment of the historical differences between nineteenth-century dynamics of economic-corporate development and the contemporary phase of economic globalization." -- Wolf Heydebrand, coauthor of Rationalizing Justice: The Political Economy of Federal District Courts

"This volume takes on large and important questions. Well-written and compelling, this is good sociology. I think it has the potential to be a very important book; it's a fine piece of scholarship." -- David Bills, editor of The New Modern Times: Factors Reshaping the World of Work

Harland Prechel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, and the author of Corporate and Class Restructuring.


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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments

1. Capital Dependence, Historical Transitions, and Corporate Transformations

Part I: Corporate Transformation in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

2. The Federalist State and the Emergence of the Modern Corporation

3. Restructuring the Business Enterprise to Obtain Market Control, 1890–1905

4. Political Capitalism: The Rise and Demise of the Industrial Holding Company

Part II: Transformation of the Managerial Process

5. From Product Cost Controls to Financial Controls

6. The Management of Managers at American Steel, 1920–1970s

Part III: Historical Transitions in Corporations' Institutional Arrangements, 1940s–1990s

7. More Political Capitalism: Changing Economic Conditions and Corporate Political Behavior, 1940–1985

8. Transformation of the Managerial Process, 1980s

9. Changing Institutional Arrangements and Transformation to the Multilayered Subsidiary Form

10. Tranformation to the Multilayered Subsidiary Form among the Largest Industrial Parent Companies

11. Conclusion: Historical Transitions and Corporate Transformations

Appendix
Notes
References
Index



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