The 2016 presidential election became a fight over business interests, lobbying, deindustrialization, and decades old free trade agreements. How does Donald Trump, the Fifth Avenue populist, fit into a longer history of business interests in the United States, and how can we understand his ongoing feuds with American corporations?
For episode 24, Professor Benjamin Waterhouse (University of North Carolina) discusses the history of business interests, corporations involvement in politics, and lobbying. Waterhouse is an expert on the business history and the economic history of the United States, and the author of Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA. His forthcoming book, out in April, is called The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States.