When Corporations Rule the World

Korten, David
Publisher:  Kumerian Press & San Fransico Barrett-Keohler Publishers, USA
Year Published:  2001   First Published:  1995
Pages:  385pp   ISBN:  1-887208-00-3
Library of Congress Number:  HD2326 .K647 1995   Dewey:  322/.3 20
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8132

Kortens' book is an examination of the growth of corporate power from its beginnings in the 17th and 18th to its entrenchment in American society in the 19th.

Abstract:  Kortens' book is an examination of the growth of corporate power from its beginnings in the 17th and 18th to its entrenchment in American society in the 19th. He sees externally imposed "development" as disruptive to human relationships and community life. Corporate interests defines the policy agenda of states and international bodies. The process of economic globalisation has made governments subordinate to corporate interest. Korten argues for change and proposes an agenda for national and global reforms. Two of his suggestions are the closing of the World Bank -as he sees it putting poor countries in debt to the international system is not useful. Also corporations should be stripped of their political power and rights in the public domain. By using alternative people-oriented and community-based models we can live and grow in balance with the earth.


The second edition, released in 2001, features a Foreword by activist/actor Danny Glover and five all new chapters:

1. Introduction: Deepening Crisis--Cause for Hope frames the rapidly deepening struggle between the forces of corporate globalization and the forces of a globalizing civil society.
2. Making Money, Growing Poorer updates the deepening human crisis of an economy that is making money for the rich at the expense of the life of society and the Planet.
3. The Living Democracy Movement documents and examines the nature and implications of the growing citizen movement that has emerged in response to corporate globalization's assault on life and democracy.
4. A Civil Society provide a framework for describing the critical role of spirit and culture in distinguishing between a civil society and a capitalist society. It also addresses the centrality of culture to the political and institutional changes ahead.
5. Epilogue: A Story for Our Time places the current struggle between the forces of democracy and corporate tyranny in its larger evolutionary context to provide insight into its deeper purpose and meaning.

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