America and the Multinational Corporation: The History of a Troubled Partnership

America and the Multinational Corporation: The History of a Troubled Partnership

America and the Multinational Corporation: The History of a Troubled Partnership

America and the Multinational Corporation: The History of a Troubled Partnership

Synopsis

This study chronicles the unique relationship between the Federal government and the American multinational corporation, integrating it into the mainstream of American political history. It is a record of continuous adjustment on the part of both parties as each side navigated the unchartered waters of this uneasy partnership. Objectively presented, America and the Multinational Corporation provides the historical context for tracking the various presidential perspectives from Truman to Bush as well as the various congressional initiatives to redefine business-government relations in terms of corporate America's most aggressive offspring--the multinational.

Excerpt

The two parties that make up the partnership in this history have been analyzed often and variously by the disciplines concerned with this aspect of America's past. Americans tend to perpetually scrutinize their government not only in terms of how it works, but also in terms of how well it works. Does it dominate, control or win in its quest to serve the nation's interests, or is it subordinate to some other force? The second party in this partnership, the multinational corporation, is a more illusive entity, even less susceptible to neat definition as to form and substance. Since World War II, no comparable economic organization has generated such a vast literature of both praise and condemnation in such a short period of time. And almost always it is assessed in terms of its impact on the United States and on the other countries in which it flourished. It is not an exaggeration to say that since World War II the study of business-government relations in America has become a growth industry in the academic community because this country's perceived historic economic scoundrel, the corporation, acquired a new dimension--a multinational dimension.

What follows is an attempt to reconstruct the ever-changing postwar relationship between the American multinational corporation and the Federal government. It is a record of continuous adjustment on the part of both parties as each side navigated the uncharted waters . . .

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