2500 of the most powerful corporate and political leaders are gathering this week in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. But who makes up this Davos class? And how do they operate? What responsibility do they have or shirk as political and business elites? How can we take back control over our economies, society, environment; indeed our future?
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Transnational Institute's belief that understanding political power is at the heart of both analysing the problems we face in the world as well as identifying the solutions has led us to produce an annual examination of power.
In our third ‘State of Power’ report, we go deeper than ever before in exposing and analysing the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.
The book looks at how power operates in both the EU and in global governance in general; the implications that arise from Snowden's revelations; the role of corporations and the state; and how the Davos class are fuelling land grabs, a new scramble for Africa's resources, and preventing an effective solution to climate change. The book finally shares ideas on how we can reclaim power and build a more sustainable future.
Combining penetrating essays by leading scholar activists with vibrant infographics that illuminate the machinery of power, this free downloadable book is an essential tool for social movements worldwide.
- Introduction (Nick Buxton)
- State of Corporations – the rise of illegitimate power and the threat to democracy (Susan George)
- State of Davos – The camel’s nose in the tents of global governance (David Sogge)
- State of Surveillance – The NSA files and the global fightback (Ben Hayes)
- State of Empire: how failed foreign policy, new emerging economies, and peoples’ movements are undermining US power (Phyllis Bennis)
- State of the South – Emerging powers and the potential for progressive change (Achin Vanaik)
- State of the State – The state is dead! Long live the state! (Daniel Chavez)
- State of the Planet – Fateful triangle of big energy, finance and complicit governments (Steve Horn and Peter Rugh, Occupy.com)
- State of Europe: How the European Round Table of Industrialists came to wage class war on Europe (Andrew Gavin Marshall, Occupy.com
- State of Extraction – the new scramble for Africa (David Fig)
- State of the Land - reconfiguration of the power of the state and capital in the global land rush (Saturnino M. Borras Jr.)
- State of Counter Power - How understanding neoliberalism’s 81 cultural underpinnings can equip movements to overthrow it (Hilary Wainwright)