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True Corporate Influence: Pre-Empting Public Policy Published by Outskirts Press

Author Elizabeth Curran uses a detailed look at the recent recall attempt of the Wisconsin governor over collective bargaining to show the heavy influence of corporate money on all American politics.

Egg Harbor, WI, July 12, 2012 --( Writer and former Political Science professor Elizabeth Curran announced today the release of Pre-empting Public Policy, published by Outskirts Press. In this election year, Curran’s analysis of the power that wealthy corporations wield in American politics is not only timely, but eye opening, as she shows how big bucks from business fund politicians directly and exert an equally direct, although often hidden, influence on general public opinion.

“Who governs here?” the author appropriately asks in this perceptive look at the control corporations have over both politicians and the public alike. Not only does big business directly and indirectly fund campaigns during election years, they also spend heavily between elections by creating and funding think tanks, organizations and other entities to influence public opinion toward their view of the way life ought to be.

Curran provides a comprehensive look at the recent 2010 election of the Wisconsin governor, a proponent of reducing the role of collective bargaining between government and industry, and the influence of donations to his campaign by Koch Industries, who has their own interest in reducing the role of unions in the state. Today, thanks to the unsuccessful recall of the governor, many of the issues important to working people -- vacations, pensions, insurance and sick leave, for instance -- are no longer subject to negotiation.

Curran tackles other issues of corporate involvement in American public policy as well. The suppression of voting by requiring photo ID cards to vote disenfranchises many poor people and non-whites from the election process. The pressure to privatize public education is another aspect of public opinion that is addressed by the moneyed interests of the country in an effort to create public policy favorable to their commerce.

Curran provides the valuable service here of helping readers better understand the signals that corporate America gives toward the future social policies they seek so that, more aware, voters can preserve the free choice their votes should signify.

Pre-empting Public Policy is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-9134-6 SRP: $ 9.95
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Political science/public policy/political advocacy

About the author:

Elizabeth Curran is a retired professor of Political Science who has a continuing interest in the way public policy is made in the United States. She lives in Wisconsin.

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