Corporate political strategies and firm performance: Indications of firm-specific benefits from personal service in the US government Academic Article uri icon


  • Firms employ a variety of political strategies (e.g., lobbying, contributions) in an attempt to gain influence or access to the public policy process. A variety of benefits may accrue to firms that are successful in creating a linkage with the government: information, access, influence, reduced uncertainty and transaction costs, etc. However, the direct benefits of such strategies are difficult to observe. One political strategy is studied here - personal service (having a firm representative serve in a political capacity). Event-study methodology results show that such linkages with the government positively affect firm value. These findings indicate that firm-specific benefits may result from political strategies. Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Hillman, A. J., Zardkoohi, A., & Bierman, L.

citation count

  • 450

complete list of authors

  • Hillman, AJ||Zardkoohi, A||Bierman, L

publication date

  • January 1999