In Whose Interests: An Essay on Multinational Corporations
By: M. Patricia Marchak (author)Paperback
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In an expanding economy, growing corporations demand less government interference in their internal affairs. This has never meant less financial support, less use of force in times of unrest or labour strife, or less public involvement in the development of an infrastructure for industry. But it has meant less restriction on appetites for profit, less social welfare legislation, and fewer trade restrictions except when trade restrictions are seen as beneficial by dominant class. In In Whose Interests, Patricia Marchak adopts a critical perspective, arguing that multinational corporations do not operate in the interests of society at large or in the interests of a national society such as Canada. Creating and sustaining a set of interests particular to their own well-being and growth, they are efficient organizations for which human labour and management of technical resources are primarily of monetary value. Such resources, along with natural materials, are managed by and for corporations so that technology, labour, and knowledge are harnessed to corporate growth rather than social welfare.
Divided into two parts, the first concerned with the political economy of a corporate capitalism with particular reference to the Canadian situation, the second concerned with the internal organization of corporations, and with the contributions of sociology to an understanding of these, In Whose Interest provides a comprehensive entry into the literature of political economy.
M. Patricia Marchak (1936-2010), former dean of arts, University of British Columbia, is the author of several books including No Easy Fix, Logging the Globe, The Integrated Circus, God's Assassins, and Reigns of Terror.
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