Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy / Edition 1

Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy / Edition 1

by Noreena Hertz
     
 

ISBN-10: 006055973X

ISBN-13: 9780060559731

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are now corporations, only 49 are nation-states. The sales of General Motors and Ford are greater than the gross domestic product of the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, and Wal-Mart now has a turnover higher than the revenues of most of the states of Eastern Europe. Yet few of us understand fully the growing dominance of big

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Overview

Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are now corporations, only 49 are nation-states. The sales of General Motors and Ford are greater than the gross domestic product of the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, and Wal-Mart now has a turnover higher than the revenues of most of the states of Eastern Europe. Yet few of us understand fully the growing dominance of big business.

Widely acclaimed economist Noreena Hertz brilliantly reveals how corporations across the world manipulate and pressure governments by means both legal and illegal; how protest is becoming a more effective political weapon than the ballot-box; and how corporations are taking over from the state responsibility for everything from providing technology for schools to healthcare for the community.

The Silent Takeover asks us to recognize the growing contradictions of a world divided between haves and have-nots, of gated communities next to ghettos, of extreme poverty and unbelievable wealth. In the face of these unacceptable extremes, Noreena Hertz outlines a new agenda to revitalize politics and renew democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060559731
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
First HarperBusiness Paperback Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Contents

1 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

2 Living in a Material World

3 Let Them Eat Cake

4 Manning the Door at the Private Sector HQ

5 Politics for Sale

6 Shop, Don't Vote

7 All That Glitters...

8 Evangelical Entrepreneurs

9 Mother Business

10 Who Will Guard the Guards?

11 Reclaim the State

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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