ARC Discovery Success ‘In the National Interest? Large Firms and Public Policy in Australia’

4 Dec 2019

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Bell and Professor Andrew Hindmoor (The University of Sheffield) who have secured an ARC Discovery Project, ‘In the National Interest? Large Firms and Public Policy in Australia’ led by The University of Queensland.

Institutional and other theories suggest large firms necessarily engage in public policy to mainly serve narrow firm-centric interests. Yet large firms sometimes also engage in national level policy, such as big business support for policy reforms in Australia in the 1980s. Our central question is: how do large Australian firms articulate their public policy interests and goals, what factors drive this, and with what outcomes? Do they pursue narrow or broader national agendas and how might the two overlap from the perspective of large firms? In this greenfield research we link questions of big business policy engagement with questions of business power and legitimacy and also to questions of national governance capacity.

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