Wealth by Stealth: Corporate Crime, Corporate Law, and the Perversion of Democracy

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Between The Lines, 2002 - Law - 370 pages
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How is it that corporations are able to behave irresponsibly, criminally, and undemocratically?
Wealth by Stealth is a scathing introduction to the operations of the modern corporation, written by a corporate lawyer. Many writers point to the growth of undemocratic corporate power. Glasbeek takes these observations further and outlines clearly how corporations become so powerful. He also shows how they are able to act without regard to the behaviour and laws governing citizens and other groups.
Glasbeek is known by generations of students for his brilliant, funny lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School. With Wealth by Stealth his informative critique of corporate behaviour becomes available and accessible to all.
How is it "The corporation makes them do it"?
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Corporation as an Invisible Friend
6
Capitalism the Market and the Corporation
15
3 The Small Is Beautiful Campaign
25
4 The Small and the Ugly
37
5 The Westray Story
61
6 The Undemocratic Innards of the Large Corporation
67
7 When Big Corporations Speak Governments Listen
90
10 New Corporate Responsibilitiesor More Window Dressing?
168
A Politics of Impotence
183
12 The StakeholderSocial Responsibility Movement Goes Private
206
Corporations and Political Power
229
14 Outing the Captains of Industry Finance Retail and Everything Else
252
Notes and Sources
285
References
336
Index
358

The Fancy Footwork of Criminal Law
118
Reclassifying Corporate Deviance
144

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About the author (2002)

Harry Glasbeek is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. He has written and taught on corporate law, corporate social responsibility, and corporate criminality.

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