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Freedom to HarmThe Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival$
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Thomas O. McGarity

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300141245

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300141245.001.0001

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The Influence Infrastructure

The Influence Infrastructure

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Freedom to Harm

Thomas O. McGarity

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that as the business community's influence infrastructure grew and matured, it had a profound impact on public policy. The pro-business activist groups demonstrated that consumer and environmental groups did not have a monopoly on defining the public good. At the heart of the business community's strategy for determining the content of news and political commentary was a sustained effort to coordinate a single message on any given issue across many media outlets owned or managed by people who would adopt a business-friendly perspective. A pro-business echo chamber gave think tank pundits and conservative academics easy access to op-ed pages, political talk shows, and news programming that other academic scholars lacked.

Keywords:   business community, influence infrastructure, public policy, pro-business, activist groups, environmental groups

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