A Structural Analysis of Corporate Political Activity: An Application of MDS to the Study of Intercorporate Relations

Colleen B. Mullery, Steven N. Brenner, Nancy A Perrin

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During the past 2 decades, business has become increasingly active in the political process, and scholars continue to debate the extent to which this activity is organized. This fundamental issue is addressed by using multidimensional scaling to structurally analyze political action committee (PAC) campaign contributions within the context of resource dependence and class cohesion theories. Results indicate that resource dependence theory can better explain the forces that drive business participation in the U.S. public policy process. Both theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-170
Number of pages24
JournalBusiness & Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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