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Network Analysis of Corporate Political Action, 1980 [United States] (ICPSR 4542)

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This study detailed the political behavior of 57 large corporations in the United States in 1980. These corporations were selected by identifying the three largest firms whose primary operations were in each of 19 two-digit industries and that maintained a political action committee in the election cycle prior to selection. The primary goal of the study was to examine the extent to which economic interdependence and social connections between firms affected their political unity, defined in terms of similarity of behavior. The concern was with questions such as whether pairs of firms that operated in heavily interdependent industries were more likely to engage in similar political behavior than were pairs of firms in less interdependent industries.

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Mizruchi, Mark. Network Analysis of Corporate Political Action, 1980 [United States]. ICPSR04542-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-07-16. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04542.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-8619230, SES-8858669, SES-9196148)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   campaign contributions, candidates, corporate behavior, corporations, defense contracts, Democratic Party (USA), political action committees, political behavior, political campaigns, political ideologies, special interest groups

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1980

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980

Universe:   Large national corporations in the United States that maintained a political action committee in 1980

Data Types:   observational data

Methodology

Sample:   Corporations were selected by identifying the three largest firms whose primary operations were in each of 19 two-digit industries and that maintained a political action committee in the election cycle prior to selection.

Weight:   none

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