Big Business, Democracy, and the American Way: Narratives of The Enron Scandal in 2000s Political Culture Public Deposited

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  • Genova, Rosalie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This study examines narratives of the Enron bankruptcy and their political, cultural and legal ramifications. People's understandings and renderings of Enron have affected American politics and culture much more than have the company's actual errors, blunders and lies. Accordingly, this analysis argues that narratives about Enron were, are, and will continue to be more important than any associated facts. Central themes of analysis include the legitimacy and accountability of leadership (both governmental and in business); contestation over who does or does not understand business, economics, or the law, and the implications thereof; and conceptions of the American way, the American dream, and American civic culture. The study also demonstrates how Enron narratives fit in to longer patterns of American commentary on big business.
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