Who's Running the Nation?: How Corporate Power Threatens Democracy

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Do huge corporations control government? Will big business eventually rule us and the world, as some contend? Should big companies be held accountable for any harmful effects they may have on communities?

Even political economists and other experts cannot be sure about the exact nature of corporate influence, but there is no doubt that that influence is spreading around the globe, creating what some say is already in place: a global economy that knows no national borders or ...

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1998 Hard cover Illustrated. New in new dust jacket. Library binding. Cloth over boards. 144 p. Contains: Illustrations. Impact--Social Studies. Audience: Young adult.

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Overview

Do huge corporations control government? Will big business eventually rule us and the world, as some contend? Should big companies be held accountable for any harmful effects they may have on communities?

Even political economists and other experts cannot be sure about the exact nature of corporate influence, but there is no doubt that that influence is spreading around the globe, creating what some say is already in place: a global economy that knows no national borders or restrictions. Who's Running the Nation?looks at this highly controversial topic, as is the very definition of a corporation in the United States.

Examines how large U.S. corporations can influence the activities of federal, state, and local governments.

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Gr 7 Up-Gay delivers an insightful analysis of current social trends in this well-documented account. She covers the "robber barons" and their monopolies, progressive-era reforms, the New Deal's attempt to control the economy, the development of "corporate welfare," and the rise of multinational corporations and their effect on the world political system. The author explains exactly how the corporations wield their influence through campaign contributions and industrial lobbying, and demonstrates how this disenfranchises ordinary citizens. She concludes by discussing efforts of individuals and groups to rein in this kind of corporate power. Although openly against the abuses of power she documents, Gay maintains a fairly objective tone, presenting businesses' views on topics like the negative effects of protectionism. Her writing style is clear and lively, with many direct quotations and attributions to lend immediacy to the presentation. This topic has not been fully covered in books for this age group. William Hart's The U.S. and World Trade (Watts, 1985; o.p.) covers many of the issues related to trade and is still useful for its overall perspective, though some changes have occurred since its publication. Milton Meltzer's American Politics (Morrow, 1989; o.p.) covers political corruption in an even more colorful manner, and depicts corporate influence as one of its main sources, but doesn't make the connections with world trade. Jules Archer's Special Interests (Millbrook, 1997) focuses on Congress and has one chapter detailing the efforts by oil, tobacco, and firearms lobbies to influence legislation and another that includes other big-business interests. Gay's book successfully updates all three with specific examples that students will have heard mentioned.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531114896
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Impact Books Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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