The American Corporation Today

The American Corporation Today

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Not since Edward Mason's groundbreaking book, The Corporation in Modern Society has there been a broad survey of the contemporary large business corporation. This book fills that need. Carl Kaysen has assembled a group of experts who examine the many aspects of the corporation including its historical evolution, its relation to the law, its financing, its contribution to technology, its role as employer, race and gender issues within it, its role as political actor, and even how it has become an architectural patron. The many voices within the book also debate the question of deregulation and possible dangers that could result from an abuse of corporate power. The book will be the new standard on the American corporation on which future studies will build.show more

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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 163.1 x 240.8 x 39.9mm | 945.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195104927
  • 9780195104929

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In The American Corporation Today, Carl Kaysen and other leading students of business and markets from around the country provide a much-needed analysis of American corporate life at the end of the century. Here is the American corporation from every angle - its postwar history, its relation to the law, its financing, its impact on technological innovation, its role as employer and as political force, and much more. The contributors - all of whom are recognized experts in their fields - not only tackle many of the same key areas that the contributors to Mason's classic study looked at, but they also illuminate issues that have only arisen in recent years. For instance, Raymond Vernon describes the increasing globalization of American business, where the net income from operations outside the U.S. is now nearly half of that from domestic operations (as opposed to one-tenth in the 1950s). James Q. Wilson traces how the corporation has become a full-time political actor, showing how it reinvented its political strategy and tactics in the 1960s in the face of a wave of new consumer, environmental, and worker health legislation. Gregory Acs and Eugene Steuerle show how the corporation promotes the commonweal, acting as agent for the employee in purchasing pension, health, and other welfare benefit plans, while Lester Thurow casts a critical eye at the decline of median real wages of American males over the last twenty years (never before have a majority of American workers suffered real wage reductions while the real per capita gross domestic product was increasing). In other pieces, corporate finance experts Charles Calomiris and Carlos Ramirez advocate removing legal constraints onfinancial institutions that prevent them from providing the full range of business financing from short-term debt to equity, Michael Useem looks at the rise of education and training as a vexing corporate issue, and Barbara Bergmann discusses the increasingly diverse work force, arguing that ending bias is in the corporation's best interest. And finally Neil Harris provides a fascinating discussion of architecture, exploring how companies have become the principle patrons of important architecture since the 1950s.show more

About Carl Kaysen

Carl Kaysen is D. W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.show more

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