The People's Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy

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More than ever before, large corporations wield an unjustifiably excessive influence over every aspect of life - economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental - feeding a rabid consumer culture that harms the environment, undermines a shared sense of national prosperity, and threatens ideals of a citizen-powered democracy. A lively and engaging mandate to fight back against corporate dominance, The People's Business examines the very nature of corporate power, presenting a range of strategies to ...

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Overview

More than ever before, large corporations wield an unjustifiably excessive influence over every aspect of life - economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental - feeding a rabid consumer culture that harms the environment, undermines a shared sense of national prosperity, and threatens ideals of a citizen-powered democracy. A lively and engaging mandate to fight back against corporate dominance, The People's Business examines the very nature of corporate power, presenting a range of strategies to curtail it, and explaining how ordinary people can restore citizen control. Bringing together a coalition of leading authors, activists, scholars, and professionals, this book serves as a vital, clearheaded plan for strengthening individual rights, transforming corporations into engines of public prosperity, and creating a sustainable, life-respecting society where the people have the power. The book features an introduction by Ralph Nader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576753095
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Drutman is a member of the Citizen Works Corporate Reform Commission and was formerly Citizen Works Communications Director.

Cray is a member of the Citizen Works Corporate Reform Commission and is a policy analyst and the director of the Center for Corporate Policy in Washington, D.C.

Named by Time and Life magazines one of the 100 most influential Americans of the twentieth century, crusading attorney Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, breathe better air, and work in safer environments for more than four decades.

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Table of Contents

1 Reclaiming the public purpose of the corporation 13
2 Challenging the corporate claim to constitutional rights 41
3 Fixing the gears of corporate governance 81
4 Freeing markets from corporate control 133
5 Cracking down on corporate crime 169
6 Saving our democracy from a corporate takeover 213
Conclusion : building the movement to challenge corporate power 255
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