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Corporate power and social policy in a global economyBritish welfare under the influence$
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Kevin Farnsworth

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344748

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344748.001.0001

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Business and social policy

Business and social policy

(p.11) Two Business and social policy
Corporate power and social policy in a global economy

Kevin Farnsworth

Policy Press

This chapter highlights and distinguished two forms of power: agency and structure. It argues that each form is important today and both are interrelated. Their significance varies over time and between states. In order to influence through agency, business first needed to be interested in an area of social policy and then needed to follow this through. The discussion shows the sheer complexity of this process. Since structural power can determine policy outcomes, it is often not necessary for business to resort to agency. It is necessary to consider each of the following: both agency and structural factors; how both structural and agency influences have changed over time; the variability of agency and structural influences between policy areas; varying business views over time and between policy areas; and how and why different parts of business may try to influence social policy.

Keywords:   agency power, structural power, social policy, business influence

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