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Lobbying AmericaThe Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA$
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Benjamin C. Waterhouse

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149165

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149165.001.0001

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A New Life for Old Lobbies

A New Life for Old Lobbies

(p.46) Chapter 2 A New Life for Old Lobbies
Lobbying America

Benjamin C. Waterhouse

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses how the institutional developments at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce grew directly from the political and economic upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970s and paved the way for effective pan-business lobbying in the years ahead. The tumultuous 1960s had altered the landscape of Congress and party politics, particularly through the rise of public interest liberalism and its demands for greater federal intervention with regard to employment equality, consumer and worker protection, and environmental stewardship. In this new political context, business leaders at the NAM and the Chamber refashioned their public image, refined their approaches to lobbying, and broadened their policy prescriptions.

Keywords:   National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pan-business lobbying, U.S. Congress, party politics, public interest liberalism, employment equality, business leaders

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