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Shadow sovereigns : how global corporations are seizing power

Author: Susan George
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, [2015]
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"Lobbying has long been part of the political landscape. But in recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever. Global corporations now demand control over decisions affecting labour laws, finance, public health, food and agriculture, safety regulations, taxes and international trade and investment. They even claim the right to private tribunals where they  Read more...
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George, Susan.
Shadow Sovereigns : How Global Corporations are Seizing Power.
Hoboken : Wiley, ©2015
(DLC) 2014047148
(OCoLC)905419170
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan George
ISBN: 9780745697857 0745697852
OCLC Number: 919965682
Notes: First published in French under the title Les usurpateurs: comment les entreprises transnationales prennent le pouvoir, Le Seuil, Paris, 2014. (Translated from English.)
Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed August 31, 2015).
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: What Makes Power Legitimate? Why Defend This Model? What Is Required For Authority To Be Legitimate? --
1. Lobbies, Mega-Lobbies and How to Join Them. How it Works in Washington --
It Cost US 5 Billion But We Won: Lobbying to Create a Really Spectacular Financial Crisis --
Democracy at a Standstill: NIMTOO Rules --
A Visit to Backward Europe --
How Do They Do It? --
Mega-Lobbies--Sorry--
'Institutes', 'Councils', 'Centres' and 'Foundations' --
Foxes and Hens, Sheep and Wolves: A European Example --A Modern Metamorphosis: The IASB --
Richard Berman Le Magnifique --
Who's Booze Blues --
The World's Worst Problem : Climate Change --2. Transnational Treaties: Tailored By and For Transnational Corporations. Some History: First Steps to a Takeover --
Enter the Era of All-Encompassing Trade Treaties --The Trade Treaties And Geopolitics --
How Did The TTIP Get Started? Who's Behind It? --
Slogan As Law --
Corporations, Organizations, Proliferations --
Decoding: So What Exactly is the TTIP About? --
Resolution of Disputes, Dissolution of Democracy --
A Windfall for Lawyers --
Where Will Disputes Arise? Some Concrete Possibilities --
The EU Counter-Offensive --
Conclusion --
Content Providers --
Opposition Rises, the Commission Retaliates --
3. Regulatory Cooperation: More Danger Ahead; Playing Chicken? A Test Case --
RCC Does Not Stand for 'Renewed Concern for Citizens' --
Helping Hands --
4. From Trans- to Supra-National: Corporate Troops Invade the United Nations. Happy Business Day To You --
Burn Baby Burn --
5. Davos: Designer of the Future? --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Susan George.

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"Lobbying has long been part of the political landscape. But in recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever. Global corporations now demand control over decisions affecting labour laws, finance, public health, food and agriculture, safety regulations, taxes and international trade and investment. They even claim the right to private tribunals where they can sue governments for passing laws that could harm their present or future profits. These business elites don't want to govern directly. They operate behind the scenes - directing planning, setting standards and fashioning government to maximise their own profits. Thanks to the UN Global Compact they have extended their influence to the highest levels of multilateral decision-making and now, via the Davos-inspired Global Redesign Initiative, they are setting their sights on managing world-wide public policy. Elected by and accountable to no one, secretive and highly organized, these shadow sovereigns are destroying the very notion of the common good and making a mockery of democracy. It is high time we challenged this assault on our rights and our institutions. In this incisive and clear-sighted book Susan George provides us with the practical knowledge to do just that."--Provided by publisher.

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