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Financial Elites and Transnational Business

Who Rules the World? Edited by Georgina Murray, Associate Professor, Griffith University, Australia and John Scott CBE, formerly Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Plymouth University, UK
Several expert contributors focus on global issues, including the role of transnational finance, interlocking directorates, ownership and tax havens. Others examine how these issues at the global level interact with the regional or nation state level in the US, the UK, China, Australia and Mexico. The books scrutinizes globalization from a fresh, holistic perspective, examining the relationship between the national and transnational to uncover the most significant structures and agents of power. Possible policy futures are also considered.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978 0 85793 551 9
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Policy
This absorbing book addresses the seemingly simple question of who rules the world by linking it to debates about who owns the world and what this means for the dynamics of global power distribution.

Several expert contributors focus on global issues, including the role of transnational finance, interlocking directorates, ownership and tax havens. Others examine how these issues at the global level interact with the regional or nation state level in the US, the UK, China, Australia and Mexico. The book scrutinizes globalization from a fresh, holistic perspective, examining the relationship between the national and transnational to uncover the most significant structures and agents of power. Possible policy futures are also considered.

Academics and researchers across a varied spectrum of fields encompassing business and management, international studies and public policy will find this book both fascinating and important.
‘This volume brings together leading scholars from around the world and a cross-section of some of the most exciting and cutting edge research on transnational capitalists. The varied contributions are timely. They provide great insight into the structures and processes behind today’s international business and political headlines. It is a must read for scholars and students of the new global capitalism.’
– William I. Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Contributors: W.K. Carroll, B. Cronin, F.-X. Dudouet, E. Grémont, J. Harris, G. Murray, D. Peetz, A. Salas-Porras, J. Scott, C.L. Staples, A. van Fossen, A. Vion
Contents:

1. Capital Mobilization, Transnational Structures, and Capitalist Classes
John Scott

2. The Financialization of Global Corporate Ownership
David Peetz and Georgina Murray

3. Capital Relations and Directorate Interlocking: The Global Network in 2007
William K. Carroll

4. The Transnational Capitalist Class and Tax Havens
Anthony van Fossen

5. The Business Roundtable and the Transnational Capitalist Class
Clifford L. Staples

6. Transnational Business Networks in the Eurozone: A Focus on Four Major Stock Exchange Indices
François-Xavier Dudouet, Eric Grémont and Antoine Vion

7. The Transnational Class in Mexico: New and Old Mechanisms Structuring Corporate Networks (1981–2010)
Alejandra Salas-Porras

8. National and Transnational Structuring of the British Corporate Elite
Bruce Cronin

9. Australia’s Ruling Class: A Local Elite, a Transnational Capitalist Class or Bits of Both?
Georgina Murray

10. Outward Bound: Transnational Capitalism in China
Jerry Harris

11. Corporate Futures and the Consequences from the Top End of Town
Georgina Murray

Index