Bond, M. (2007) Elite Social Relations and Corporate Political Donations in Britain. Political Studies, 55 (1). pp. 59-85. ISSN 0032-3217 .
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Elite theory critiques of corporate political action rest on the claim that it advances the political interests of elite status groups. This article examines that claim by investigating the relationship between a British corporation's propensity to make donations to the Conservative party and its directors' educational backgrounds and social club affiliations. Using a structural equivalence blockmodel, it is shown that among the largest 250 British corporations in 1995 there was a set with directors who came from elite educational backgrounds and were members of elite social clubs. These corporations made a disproportionate number of donations. I argue that these results support the elite theory critique.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
|Depositing User:||Samantha Osborne|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:41|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:01|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1042 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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