Accession Number:

ADA094948

Title:

Business and Bureaucracy: A Limited Critique of Charles Lindblom's Politics and Markets,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

In a book that deals with grand issues concerning the relationship of business and the political system, Charles Lindblom finally turns in the concluding chapter of his Politics and Markets to some specific recommendations. To alleviate business privilege and the ubiquitous business veto, both of which impede, in Lindbloms view, the nations ability to deal with its problems, Dr. Lindblom suggests that we take a lesson from the nations defense sector. Defense industries, he asserts, seem willing enough to accept a high degree of government control in return for assured profits. The lesson is clear the government can limit corporate autonomy by guaranteeing profits, even in the case of enterprises producing for ordinary markets rather than for government contracts. Financial indulgence, to use Dr. Lindbloms expression, can be used to offset regulatory severity.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE