Tag Archives: Public Policy

Why Do Firms Engage in Social Activism? Consumers, Employees, and Liberal CEOs

Maks-Solomon, Cory. 2019. “Why Do Firms Engage in Social Activism? Consumers, Employees, and Liberal CEOs.” (Job market paper)

Last updated October 10, 2019.

Corporate political activity on social issues is becoming more common each year. Liberal activism increased by 50% from 2008 to 2017. Conservative activism was confined to the earlier part of the time series.

Why Do Corporations Engage in LGBT Rights Activism?

Maks-Solomon, Cory, and Josiah Mark Drewry. “Why Do Corporations Engage in LGBT Rights Activism?” Business and Politics. Accepted with minor revisions, September 16, 2019.

  • This research was presented at the 2018 APSA annual conference, the winter 2019 NCAPSA workshop, and the 2019 AOM annual conference.
  • In the Social Issues in Management section of the 2019 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, this paper received the Best Student Paper Award.
  • Most recent draft of the paper is available here. And the appendix is available here.
Companies with an LGBT employee resource group (ERG) are more likely to engage in corporate activism in support of LGBT rights, ceteris paribus. Yet this relationship is strongly conditional upon employee skill-level: LGBT employee groups only predict activism for companies in industries with highly-educated employees. In order for ERGs to be effective at convincing their employers to engage in activism, they must have bargaining power.

Weathering the Storm: Social Policy and the Great Recession

Maks‐Solomon, Cory, and Robert P. Stoker. 2019. “Weathering the Storm: Social Policy and the Great Recession.” Policy Studies Journal 47 (S1): S119–37. https://doi.org/10.1111/psj.12318.

This review discusses recent challenges to the welfare state arising from the Great Recession (GR). The GR was a significant event for social policy analysts, as it tested the responsiveness of welfare systems in the midst of a recent trend toward austerity politics in advanced economies. Social policy changes were part of the toolkit advanced democracies used to respond to the GR, and the welfare state mitigated the consequences of the GR. However, a stark limitation of the social safety net in the United States was the failure to assist immigrant households. The nexus of immigration and social policy is likely to be a significant controversy as we consider the meaning of social citizenship.