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The Power of Business


  • Fuchs Doris

    (Stuttgart University)

  • Lederer Markus ML

    (University of Potsdam)


The introduction to the special issue develops a systematic and theoretically grounded framework for assessing business power in global governance. It is shown that power is said to have shifted from the world of states to the world of business. However, in order to evaluate such a claim first a differentiation of power in its instrumental, structural, and discursive facets is necessary. It is furthermore explained that the strength of such a three-dimensional assessment is that it combines different levels of analysis and considers actor-specific and structural dimensions and their material and ideational sources. Following a short introduction to the more empirical articles is provided summarizing their commonalities and differences.

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  • Fuchs Doris & Lederer Markus ML, 2008. "The Power of Business," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 9(3), pages 1-19, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:buspol:v:9:y:2008:i:3:n:1

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