Corporation The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

ISBN-10: 0743247469
ISBN-13: 9780743247467
Edition: 2005
Authors: Joel Bakan
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 3/7/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Over the last 150 years the corporation has risen from relative obscurity to become the world's dominant economic institution. Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that today's corporation is a pathological institution, a dangerous possessor of the great power it wields over people and societies. In this revolutionary assessment of the history, character, and globalization of the modern business corporation, Bakan backs his premise with the following observations: The corporation's legally defined mandate is to pursue relentlessly and without exception its own economic self-interest, regardless of the harmful consequences it might cause to others. The corporation's unbridled self-interest victimizes individuals, society, and, when it goes awry, even shareholders and can cause corporations to self-destruct, as recent Wall Street scandals reveal. Governments have freed the corporation, despite its flawed character, from legal constraints through deregulation and granted it ever greater authority over society through privatization. But Bakan believes change is possible and he outlines a far-reaching program of achievable reforms through legal regulation and democratic control. Featuring in-depth interviews with such wide-ranging figures as Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, business guru Peter Drucker, and cultural critic Noam Chomsky,The Corporationis an extraordinary work that will educate and enlighten students, CEOs, whistle-blowers, power brokers, pawns, pundits, and politicians alike.

Joel Bakan is a professor of law at the University of British Columbia.

Contents
Introduction
The Corporation's Rise to Dominance
Business as Usual
The Externalizing Machine
Democracy Ltd.
Corporations Unlimited
Reckoning
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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