My dissertation research explores the motivations of corporate political activity on social issues–like same-sex marriage, DACA, and equal pay. Why would large, influential corporations take public stances on controversial cultural issues? Is it because they want to win over young, liberal consumers or is it because they want to change public opinion, advancing the policy preferences of their corporate executives? In my dissertation, I argue that the latter is a stronger explanation for corporate political activity on social issues.
View a working paper that is a part of this research project here.