Multinational Companies Power

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Multinational Companies Power

In what ways do multinational companies exercise significant power over the US government

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‘In what ways do multinational companies exercise significant power over the US government?


In today’s era of globalisation, multinational companies exercise a substantial amount of power influencing the political sphere through campaign funding and lobbying to say the least. For some, this has led to the government representing corporations more than it represents people. Throughout this essay the extent of corporate political influence will be explored assessing in what ways multinational corporations engage in the political process and whether this involvement truly has an effect.
As aforementioned the power of multinational corporations over the US government is significant, a key way this can be reflected is through their ability to reduce their tax and in some cases even avoiding tax. There are a number of ways some of the world’s most well-known companies do so, with an end goal of achieving tax-levels which serve their best interest. Some corporations carry out a process of corporate inversion, which involves the relocation of a company’s base to a country with low-tax jurisdictions. As a result of this corporations such as Apple have ‘reduced their corporate income tax by an average of $10 billion-a-year for the past four years.’ This strategy allowed them ‘to pay an effective tax rate of 12.6% -- one of the lowest among U.S. corporations.’ Currently corporation tax in the U.S st

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