The Case for Business in Developing Economies

The Case for Business in Developing Economies

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In "Defence of Business in Developing Economies" is a view from developing countries on why corporations should stop appeasing their critics and promote the benefits of capitalism for the Global South. Ann Bernstein's inspiration for this book came in 1997 when South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission held a week of hearings focused on business and its role during apartheid. In the same week, Nelson Mandela implicitly challenged many of the assumptions of those who attacked companies in South Africa for operating within a racially discriminatory system when he called on SA business to invest in China - the world's largest authoritarian state and human rights abuser. Bernstein posits that business leaders need to stop playing defence and instead stand up for markets, free trade and globalisation. It's time business had the confidence and strategic vision to stop apologising, develop its own public agenda and start propagating the phenomenal benefits of competitive capitalism for the less developed countries of the world.
In "Defence of Business in Developing Economies" offers a penetrating analysis of the role of business in supporting development by an authentic voice from the developing world itself.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • English
  • 0143026526
  • 9780143026525
  • 1,522,271

About Ann Bernstein

Acknowledged as one of the country's leading development experts, Ann Bernstein is one of the most thoughtful writers today on development and the role of business in promoting it. She was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of California, and is the founding director of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) - one of South Africa's leading policy think tanks. Bernstein regularly addresses conferences and other meetings in SA and abroad, and contributes to journals and newspapers on a wide range of national issues. She has published extensively on business, democracy, development and policy-making. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Wits University and subsequently a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town.
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