In explaining the fundamentals of the modern corporation this guide gives insight into the instabilities of the global economy.
Almost everywhere we look, we can find the workings of the corporation. Their impacts can be found in the water we drink and the air we breathe. They are in our food, our culture, and our politics. They are an all-pervasive presence in the life of everyone on this planet. And yet we seldom examine what exactly a corporation is, how it works, who controls them, and what benefits and impacts they have on our lives. As we find ourselves in the tenacious grip of a global financial crisis, the need to scrutinize the role and function of corporations is now more important than ever.
Adam Ma'anit traces the development of the corporation from its early origins to its modern incarnation, explaining its make-up and demonstrating the power it holds through wealth, lobbying, and the "revolving door" with government. He shows how to tackle some of the core problems associated with corporate power in the first steps of the movement towards a more sustainable and equitable future.