The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy

Paperback | September 16, 2003

byNoreena Hertz

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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.

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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 t...

Noreena Hertz is the Associate Director for the Centre for International Business at the University of Cambridge. Recognized as one of the world's leading experts on economic globalization, her work has been published in the Washington Post, the New Statesman, The Observer, and the Guardian.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 16, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006055973X

ISBN - 13:9780060559731

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