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The Resource Grassroots for hire : public affairs consultants in American democracy, Edward T. Walker, University of California, Los Angeles

Grassroots for hire : public affairs consultants in American democracy, Edward T. Walker, University of California, Los Angeles

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Grassroots for hire : public affairs consultants in American democracy
Title
Grassroots for hire
Title remainder
public affairs consultants in American democracy
Statement of responsibility
Edward T. Walker, University of California, Los Angeles
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Although 'grassroots' conjures up images of independent citizen organizing, much mass participation today is sponsored by elite consultants working for corporations and powerful interest groups. This book pulls back the curtain to reveal a lucrative industry of consulting firms that incentivize public activism as a marketable service. Edward Walker illustrates how, spurred by the post-sixties advocacy explosion and rising business political engagement, elite consultants have deployed new technologies to commercialize mass participation. Using evidence from interviews, surveys and public records, Grassroots for Hire paints a detailed portrait of these consultants and their clients. Today, Fortune 500 firms hire them to counter-mobilize against regulation, protest or controversy. Ironically, some advocacy groups now outsource organizing to them. Walker also finds that consultants are reshaping both participation and policymaking, but unethical 'astroturf' strategies are often ineffective. This pathbreaking book calls for a rethinking of interactions between corporations, advocacy groups, and elites in politics
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UkCbUP
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Walker, Edward T
Dewey number
322/.30973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1118
LC item number
.W346 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Business and public policy
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  • Public interest lobbying
  • Community organization
  • Business and politics
  • Industrial policy
  • Democracy
Label
Grassroots for hire : public affairs consultants in American democracy, Edward T. Walker, University of California, Los Angeles
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Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Grassroots from the top down -- Defining the field and its implications -- The formation of a grassroots industry -- Methods for mobilizing the public -- Corporate grassroots -- Outsourcing advocacy? Consulting for associations -- Participatory and policy impacts -- Conclusion -- Appendices. Identifying consulting firms (baseline data) -- Identifying firms to survey -- SPAPCO survey procedures -- SPAPCO survey questions -- Website data: General firm characteristics -- Website data: Client lists -- Interview procedures -- Confidentiality practices -- Models of corporate grassroots: Dependent variable -- Models of corporate grassroots: Independent variables and estimation -- Models of consulting for non-trade associations -- Models of consulting for trade associations -- On public affairs consulting as a profession
Control code
CR9781139108829
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 284 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139108829
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Grassroots for hire : public affairs consultants in American democracy, Edward T. Walker, University of California, Los Angeles
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Grassroots from the top down -- Defining the field and its implications -- The formation of a grassroots industry -- Methods for mobilizing the public -- Corporate grassroots -- Outsourcing advocacy? Consulting for associations -- Participatory and policy impacts -- Conclusion -- Appendices. Identifying consulting firms (baseline data) -- Identifying firms to survey -- SPAPCO survey procedures -- SPAPCO survey questions -- Website data: General firm characteristics -- Website data: Client lists -- Interview procedures -- Confidentiality practices -- Models of corporate grassroots: Dependent variable -- Models of corporate grassroots: Independent variables and estimation -- Models of consulting for non-trade associations -- Models of consulting for trade associations -- On public affairs consulting as a profession
Control code
CR9781139108829
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 284 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139108829
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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