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The New Entrepreneurial AdvocacySilicon Valley Elites in American Politics$
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Darren R. Halpin and Anthony J. Nownes

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190883003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190883003.001.0001

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(p.225) 7 Conclusion
The New Entrepreneurial Advocacy

Darren R. Halpin

Anthony J. Nownes

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 puts the book’s findings into context by exploring what they have to teach us about the role of the new corporate elite in American politics. The chapter outlines the approach taken in the book—namely, to document the engagement of Silicon Valley corporate elites through their firms, as individuals, and via associative forms. The chapter reviews the conclusions of the study, including the following: (1) the Silicon Valley corporate landscape is diverse when it comes to political engagement; (2) there is a top tier among the Silicon Valley firms and elites when it comes to expenditures on lobbying and elections; (3) most elites skew liberal even if their firms do not, and the philanthropic spending of elites supports a new liberal agenda. The chapter concludes by discussing limitations of this project and opportunities for future work.

Keywords:   political engagement, Silicon Valley, corporate elites, electoral spending, lobbying

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