The Political Power of Global Corporations

John Mikler
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In this book, John Mikler re-casts global corporations as political actors with complex identities and strategies. Debunking the idea of global corporations as exclusively profit-driven entities, he shows how they seek not only to drive or modify the agendas of states but to govern in their own right.  He also explains why we need to re-territorialize global corporations as political actors that reflect and project the political power of the territories from which they hail.

We know the global corporations’ names, we know where they are headquartered, and we know where they invest and operate. Economic processes are increasingly produced by the control they possess, the relationships they have, the leverage they employ, the strategic decisions they make, and the discourses they create to enhance acceptance of their interests. This book represents a call to study how they do so, rather than making assumptions based on theoretical abstractions.


“Few would deny that global corporations are immensely influential. They dominate markets and have profound influence over technology, prosperity and the environment. John Mikler’s brilliant study of how they share political power with government provides a cogent and perceptive analysis. It is a landmark in one of the most crucial yet under-emphasised debates in contemporary social science. Corporations structure our present and define our futures, to understand their power requires Mikler’s masterful, wide-ranging and richly illustrated exposition.”
Stephen Wilks, Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter

About the Author: John Mikler is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney.


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John Mikler, The University of Sydney

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Release Date: January 2018