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The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy (Paperback)

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Description


Of the world's 100 largest economies, 51 are now corporations, only 49 are nation-states. The sales of General Motors and Ford are greater than the gross domestic product of the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, and Wal-Mart now has a turnover higher than the revenues of most of the states of Eastern Europe. Yet few of us understand fully the growing dominance of big business.

Widely acclaimed economist Noreena Hertz brilliantly reveals how corporations across the world manipulate and pressure governments by means both legal and illegal; how protest is becoming a more effective political weapon than the ballot-box; and how corporations are taking over from the state responsibility for everything from providing technology for schools to healthcare for the community.

The Silent Takeover asks us to recognize the growing contradictions of a world divided between haves and have-nots, of gated communities next to ghettos, of extreme poverty and unbelievable wealth. In the face of these unacceptable extremes, Noreena Hertz outlines a new agenda to revitalize politics and renew democracy.

About the Author


Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author, academic, and thinker who has been described by Vogue as "one of the world's most inspiring women." Hertz has given talks for TED and the World Economic Forum, and she also advises a range of major corporations. She is associate director at the Centre for International Business and Management at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Praise For…


“The Silent Takeover raises issues that business and politicans would be unwise to ignore.”
-Financial Times

“Well written and colorful...Essential reading.”
-Sunday Times (London)

“Noreena Hertz is one of the world’s leading young thinkers.”
-Observer

“Fast becoming the central text of the antiglobalization movement.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“[Hertz’s] eloquent call to action deserves the attention of every concerned citizen of our troubled world.”
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060559731
ISBN-10: 006055973X
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Publication Date: September 16th, 2003
Pages: 294
Language: English