9780415467889

Corporate Power and Ownership in Contemporary Capitalism: The Politics of Resistance and Domination

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    9780415467889

  • ISBN10:

    0415467888

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2009-10-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Despite the influence corporations wield over all aspects of everyday life, there has been a remarkable absence of critical inquiry into the social constitution of this power. In analysing the complex relationship between corporate power and the widespread phenomenon of share ownership, this book seeks to map and define the nature of resistance and domination in contemporary capitalism. Drawing on a Marxist-informed framework, this book reconnects the social constitution of corporate power and changing forms of shareholder activism. In contrast to other texts that deal with corporate governance, this study examines a diverse and comprehensive set of themes, from socially responsible investing to labour-led shareholder activism and its limitations. Through this ambitious and critical study, author Susanne Soederberg demonstrates how the corporate governance doctrine represents an inherent feature of neoliberal rule, effectively disembedding and depoliticising relations of domination and resistance from the wider power and paradoxes of capitalism. Examining corporate governance and shareholder activism in a number of different contexts that include the United States and the global South, this important book will be of interest to students and scholars of international political economy, international relations and development studies. It will also be of relevance to a wider range of disciplines including finance, economics, and business and management studies. Winner of the Davidson/Studies in Political Economy Award.

Author Biography

Susanne Soederberg is a Canada Research Chair in Global Political Economy and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Global Development Studies and Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada. She is author of The Politics of the New International Financial Architecture: Reimposing Neoliberal Domination in the Global South (2004) and Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class, and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations (2006).

Table of Contents

Deconstructing Corporate Governance: Power, Struggle, and Neoliberal-led Capitalism
The Social (Re-)Construction of a Mass Investment Culture in the United States: The Case of the Ownership Society
Neoliberal Governance in Corporate America: Scandals, Struggles, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Interrogating the 'Democracy Myth' in Corporate America
Union-led Shareholder Activism: The Limits to Labor's Capital
Global Implications of Labor-led Shareholder Activism: The Case of CalPERS' Permissible Country
Index
Socially Responsible Investing Strategies: Trends in Contesting Corporate Power
The Construction of Corporate Citizenship and the Commodification of the "Feel Good Factor"
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