When Corporations Rule the World / Edition 2

When Corporations Rule the World / Edition 2

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by David C. Korten
     
 

ISBN-10: 1887208046

ISBN-13: 9781887208048

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

In When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten examined the devastating effects of transnational capitalism. Now, in his new book, Korten provides a detailed blueprint for a more humane, less destructive world economic system. Drawing on ecosystem models developed by today's leading biologists, he invites us to envision a world of locally rooted market economies…  See more details below

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In When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten examined the devastating effects of transnational capitalism. Now, in his new book, Korten provides a detailed blueprint for a more humane, less destructive world economic system. Drawing on ecosystem models developed by today's leading biologists, he invites us to envision a world of locally rooted market economies that promote political participation, nurture creativity, encourage stakeholder ownership, and defend community interests against commercial excesses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887208048
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
1,274,254
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: A Personal Journey1
1From Hope to Crisis17
2End of the Open Frontier25
3The Growth Illusion37
4Rise of Corporate Power in America53
5Assault of the Corporate Libertarians69
6Decline of Democratic Pluralism87
7Illusions of the Cloud Minders103
8Dreaming of Global Empires121
9Building Elite Consensus133
10Buying Out Democracy141
11Marketing the World149
12Adjusting the Poor159
13Guaranteeing Corporate Rights173
14The Money Game185
15Predatory Finance195
16Corporate Cannibalism207
17Managed Competition215
18Race to the Bottom229
19The End of Inefficiency239
20People with No Place249
21The Ecological Revolution261
22Good Living277
23An Awakened Civil Society293
24Agenda for Change307
Epilogue: A Choice for Life325
Appendix: The People's Earth Declaration: A Proactive Agenda for the Future329
Notes335
Index361
About the Author375

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When Corporations Rule the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Korten has delivered! Korten outlines historically how global corporations have evolved into their present state of man-eating, money hungry machines. In light of the current world situation, Korten gives answers to people having doubts about the current world order. With the US industrial market and media being totally monopolized Korten gives insight and hope to those who dare to question the authority of the global corporation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book Review: Thumbs Up When Corporations Rule the World by David C. Korten This is a really great book! Good exposure, fabulous statistics, a real ¿must read¿ for anyone wanting the hard facts about globalization. The book is full of statistics like the following: A Nike shoe costing from $75-$ 135 actually costs Nike just $5.60 to produce. Of this entire price the 3rd world worker gets $0.15 hr. Or that the $20 million Michael Jordan received in 1992 for promoting Nike shoes exceeded the entire annual payroll of the Indonesian factories that made Nike shoes. Korten analyzes corporate history noting that Corporations became ¿legal¿ persons in 1886 when the Supreme Court so declared. This was prior to African Americans or women being legal persons! And corporations stripped individual states of their authority over them. Korten calls for us to transform the global to empower the local and calls for the people to take the corporate authority away. This sounds great! But easier said than done. Korten sounds that alarm that globalization like the WTO takes away the sovereign rights of individual nations. Along with many others he sees Corporations as ¿sitting above¿ the nation state. This is where we would disagree. While globalization is the process through which these mega corporations go around ripping off the third world¿we have yet to see corporations mounting their own military armies when they come into conflict with other corporations. We see imperialism as a world process, not just capitalism on a world scale. Imperialism is the next higher stage of capitalism. While corporations can straddle different countries¿they remain rooted in their own nation state. In fact the state is an important arena of struggle between contending national corporations¿with the state often stepping in to bail out industries, bankrupt companies etc.¿all dependent on what is in the national interests. The state is an extremely important arena in the struggle between corporations. Here battles go on over Gov. policy towards ailing industries, or bankrupt countries, over how monetary, financial and trade agreements are determined. That said, as anti-imperialists we were surprised to find only one reference to ¿imperialism¿ in the entire book¿and this was a quote by someone else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great resource for people that are frustrated with the current state of the world economy. The author offers some viable solutions to our continuing economic crisis.
agoldfish More than 1 year ago
I'd really rather not rate this book. However, here's a review: I read it for my International Political Economy class for a book presentation and since I had one week to read it and was taking 3 other classes at the same time I decided to split reading the book with a classmate. I read the first 3 parts/chapters. I wanted to get a general info about the author to get an idea of how the book is going to be structured and so I have to say this I felt kinda intimidated criticizing this knowing he was a faculty at Harvard Graduate Business School. It was informative especially since he gave multiple examples of case studies to explain the effect of corporations. However the general premise of the book is around the notion that corporations is this new form of colonization that its power is exceeding any governmental influence. However, an alliance between the world’s largest corporations and the most powerful governments does exist, which only exist thanks to money and self-interest and the freedom to move money and goods anywhere in the world without governmental interference. The author claims that Corporate Globalization is the product of international decisions and policies promoted by the WTO, World Bank, and IMF. Find below a detailed summary of the first 3 chapters. My classmate talked about how the author suggested that corporations should take responsibility and does offer solutions to the problem in the other 3 chapters.