Abstract: "I Look Forward to Working with You": Enron's Government Affairs Efforts in the 1990s

Gavin Benke

Abstract

In this essay, I chart the relationship between Enron's Government Affairs Department and the U.S. Department of Energy while Bill Clinton was in office. Though Enron had been used to Republican administrations sympathetic to issues such as domestic natural gas deregulation, the company's Government Affairs Department quickly found common ground with Clinton's team on the policies of globalization and trade liberalization. By looking at materials such as Enron Business and correspondence between Enron executives and the Department of Energy from the 1990s, I argue that Enron attempted to position itself as a part of the "Washington consensus" and as a partner with the state in advancing economic globalization.

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