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The One Percent SolutionHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time$
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Gordon Lafer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703065

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.001.0001

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Populist Pushback and the Shrinking of Democracy

Populist Pushback and the Shrinking of Democracy

Chapter:
(p.172) Conclusion Populist Pushback and the Shrinking of Democracy
Source:
The One Percent Solution
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Gordon Lafer

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.003.0007

This concluding chapter examines the political dynamics that pit growing populist sentiment against increasing corporate dominance, particularly at the state level. It explains what the corporate agenda is not, arguing that the same corporate lobbies that are leading the charge against public employee unions are also at the forefront of the campaign against issues such as minimum wage, entitlements to overtime or sick leave, and occupational safety. It discusses the pattern of business-backed legislation, highlighting the many contradictions in the corporate agenda. It also considers how the success of the corporate lobbies has contributed to economic decline and political turmoil. Finally, it assesses public opinion against the business elites' platform as well as corporate lobbies' efforts to protect their privilege by attempting to shrink the scope of democracy; for example, by supporting preemption statutes.

Keywords:   corporate lobbies, public employee unions, minimum wage, overtime, legislation, economic decline, public opinion, business elites, democracy, preemption statutes

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