£60.00 | $99.95
15 December 2008
216mm x 138mm
Big Business, Poor Peoples
Transnational corporations are one of the most important actors in the global economy, occupying a more powerful position than ever before. In their persistent battle to increase profits, they have increasingly turned to the developing world, a world that holds many attractions for them. But what is their impact on the poor?
Now in its second edition, Big Business, Poor Peoples finds that these corporations are damaging the lives of millions of poor people in developing countries. Looking at every sector where transnational corporations are involved, this vital book is packed with detail on how the poor are affected. The book exposes how developing countries’ natural resources are being ceded to TNCs and how governments are unwilling or unable to control them. The author argues that TNCs, answerable to no one but their shareholders, have used their money, size and power to influence international negotiations and taken full advantage of the move towards privatization to influence government policies; sovereignty is passing into corporate hands, and the poor are paying the price. But people are fighting back: citizens, workers, and communities are exposing the corporations and looking for alternatives.
The first edition of this path-breaking book put the issue of transnational corporations and the poor firmly on the agenda. This second edition contains significant new and updated material and is an essential read for anyone who wants to know more about the effects of corporate power on the poor.
'Authoritative and highly readable. Madeley names the names and tells the stories to provide a clear answer to those who cling to the myth that foreign investment, transnational corporations, the IMF, the World Bank and UNDP are an answer to the prayers of the poor. An excellent book that should be read by everyone committed to ending global poverty.' - David C. Korten, The People-Centered Development Forum
'At last, a lucid account of how transnational corporations which should be accountable are destroying the lives of the world's poor. Read it, and understand how we can regain control over the powerful forces that are shaping our future.' - Barry Coates, former Director, World Development Movement
'Readable and persuasive ... a timely and cogent examination of transnational corporations, the engines that drive globalization.' New Internationalist
'A searing indictment of contemporary corporate plunder, this book constructs an airtight case for international regulation of TNCs' - Walden Bello
`Millions of people around the world are working for more effective means of holding big business accountable for its human rights impacts. John Madeley's expertly researched and highly readable book shows how necessary and how difficult the task is proving to be.'
Miles Litvinoff, Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
Table of Contents
Preface to second edition
Introduction: The Corporate Spread
1 Why Poor Countries 'Want' the Corporations
2 The Agri-corporations: From Production to Trade Seeds
3 Agri-commodities Take Their Toll Tobacco
4 Health: The Poor Take the Corporate Pill
5 Water: The Corporate Tap
6 Tourism: The Great Illusion
7 Extracting Logs and Fish Forests
8 Mining the Poor Culture. The companies
9 Manufactured Goods: Poverty amid the Glitz
10 Energy: No Force for the Poor
11 The Corporate Persuaders
12 Tackling the Power: Regulation, Bypass, Action
About the Author:
John Madeley is a writer, author of nine books and broadcaster who has specialized in development issues for over thirty years. From 1983 to 1998, he was editor of the renowned magazine International Agricultural Development. A contributor to leading British papers including the Observer and Financial Times, he has also written for many NGOs, including Christian Aid, the Panos Institute and the Catholic Institute for International Relations.
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