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Lessons Learned: Explaining the Political Behavior of Business

Sandra L. Suárez
Polity
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Autumn, 1998), pp. 161-186
DOI: 10.2307/3235371
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3235371
Page Count: 26
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Lessons Learned: Explaining the Political Behavior of Business
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Abstract

The political strategies of firms vary in response to changes in the political environment. Yet firms are not always quick to identify these changes even when they have clearly defined political preferences and these preferences remain constant over time. Firms' understanding of new political realities is shaped by past political experiences, and their choice of political strategy is guided by what they have learned from prior success or failure. The process by which firms learn is reconstructed here with a longitudinal account of the political battles surrounding the "possessions tax credit," one of the longest-lasting and most intricate U.S. tax breaks, between 1976 and 1993.

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