Come join us on Wednesday, September 2nd at 9am at the Hilton Union Square 25 for a half-day discussion on politics, markets, and organized interests: new questions about power, policy, and influence. Although pockets of scholars within subfields look at the relationship between political and market actors, we are broadening the conversation across subfields-and even disciplines–to develop themes, questions, and approaches to move the research agenda in this area forward.
The event is scheduled as an APSA short course but it isn’t a “course” in the traditional sense of the word, rather two symposia in which speakers discuss key themes relevant to developing a research agenda around politics, markets, and organized interests. Symposium sessions will be highly interactive and give attendees an opportunity to ask engage the speakers and further develop how organized interests and firms influence politics and policy and how politics and policy affect firms and organized interests.
For more information, please see the description below.
To register, please use the APSA conference registration system (http://community.apsanet.org/annualmeeting/home/).
For questions, please contact Patricia Strach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Politics, Markets, and Organized Interests: New Questions about Power, Policy, and Influence
Political scientists have been returning, in recent years, to investigating how politics and markets intersect. Studies have examined how regulators conceptualize the risks associated with consumer products (Vogel, 2012), how businesses operate as polities in their own right through “private politics” (Soule, 2009; Werner, 2012; Büthe, 2011), and there remains the active debate about influence and access linked to business political expenditures (Ansolabehere et al., 2002; Gordon & Hafer, 2005; Bonica, 2013), including the new independent expenditures since the landmark Citizens United v. FEC ruling (e.g. Dowling and Wichowsky, 2013). This short course seeks to develop an agenda for research at the nexus of states, markets, and organized interests.
At the forefront of debates in the 1960s, questions about power and influence faded from mainstream American Political Science. Contemporary scholars, however, are returning to these debates. A recent issue of Perspectives on Politics (September 2014), for example, examined the organization of economic interests, the political outcomes of business advocacy, and the connections between economic and political systems. This short course intends to amplify and elaborate scholarship in this seminal area. We will be organizing our discussion around two key questions: how organized interests and firms influence politics and policy and how politics and policy affect firms and organized interests.
Confirmed panelists include a mix of junior and senior scholars studying domestic and international politics: Tricia Olsen, Alex Hertel-Fernandez, Alison Post, Benjamin Schneer, Leah Stokes, David Vogel, Ed Walker, Tim Werner, and Graham Wilson