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Partisans and PartnersThe Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society$
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Josh Pacewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226402550

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226402727.001.0001

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Prairieville’s Business Community in Transition

Prairieville’s Business Community in Transition

(p.141) Five Prairieville’s Business Community in Transition
Partisans and Partners

Josh Pacewicz

University of Chicago Press

This chapter traces the post-1980s history of Prairieville’s business community, showing how partners sidelined traditional business leaders and explaining why they avoid politics. Drawing on archival records and oral histories, the chapter first lends additional support to the book’s arguments about the connection between corporate consolidation and partnership by analyzing a brief period during the 1990s when Prairieville became the headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies. Prairieville’s business leaders abandoned efforts to enter into partnerships with labor leaders, only to reprise them after these companies were acquired by bigger corporations later in the decade. The chapter then draws on interviews and ethnographic observation of three popular partners in Praireiville, showing how they disdain the rigid business leaders of the past and celebrate their own capacity for participating flexibly in local place-marketing initiatives. The chapter concludes by showing that partners view partisan politics as rigid, divisive, and more consistent with persona of traditional leaders then their own personae and avoid it, a dynamic that allows activists to control the GOP.

Keywords:   community elites, economic development, corporate merger movement, Republican party

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