The main theme of this book is the relationship between capital and government in Britain, particularly the practice and organisation of capital in both national and local political processes. The chapters are primarily empirical in focus and deal with such topics as power, policy and the City of London and the role of the CBI in representing capital. Major theoretical themes are also discussed and these include de-industrialisation, corporatism, and the role of government in the development of pressure group habit.
Introduction Roger King 1. Corporatism, Competitive Politics and Class Struggle Alan Cawson and Peter Saunders 2. De-Industrialisation, Classes and Politics John Urry 3. Power, Policy and the City of London Michael Moran 4. Representing Capital Wyn Grant 5. Co-Optation and Strategic Planning in the Local State Rob Flynn 6. The Political Practice of Local Capitalist Association Roger King 7. State Fare: Trade Associations, Trade Unions and Government Neil Killingback 8. Bourgeois Social Movements in Britain: Repertoires and Responses Brian Elliott, Frank Bechhofer, David McCrone and Stewart Black