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We ask how incumbent car manufacturers and their political coalitions changed their political strategy with respect to the Californian zero emission vehicle mandate over the period 2000–2013. Building on the Corporate Political Activities literature we conceptualize firms’ political strategies and their underlying tactics and actions. Our longitudinal case study builds on a dataset comprising governmental reports, documents, and public hearing transcripts, letters from industry, and complementary interviews with stakeholders. We find that car manufacturers became less defensive over time and more proactive and compliant in their political strategies towards the zero emission vehicle mandate. Car manufacturers’ coalitions on the other hand, remain relatively defensive in their political actions as they continue to do the manufacturers’ ‘‘dirty work’’. We provide insights in the Corporate Political Activities used to influence policymakers. To deal with industry opposition to policy interventions, our research suggests that policy makers might focus their interaction with industry on individual firms instead of industry associations, craft policies that stimulate competition between firms to break apart their closed industry front, and complement technology-forcing policies with demand-pull initiatives.

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January 28th, 2014

You think water moves fast? You should see ice

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August 18th, 2015

Hallo wereld!

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May 4th, 2015

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January 28th, 2014

The hidden benefits of gossip, ostracism

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January 28th, 2014

Rust Belt gentrification and how it hurts the poor

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January 28th, 2014

An old mathematical puzzle soon to be unraveled?

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January 28th, 2014

Making stem cells grow human hair

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January 28th, 2014

Study analyzes content of nightmares and bad dreams

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January 28th, 2014

Just another blog post

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January 28th, 2014

Astronomy podcast for kids

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