Regulating Global Corporate Capitalism

Regulating Global Corporate Capitalism

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This analysis of how multi-level networked governance has superseded the liberal system of interdependent states focuses on the role of law in mediating power and shows how lawyers have shaped the main features of capitalism, especially the transnational corporation. It covers the main institutions regulating the world economy, including the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO and a myriad of other bodies, and introduces the reader to key regulatory arenas: corporate governance, competition policy, investment protection, anti-corruption rules, corporate codes and corporate liability, international taxation, avoidance and evasion and the campaign to combat them, the offshore finance system, international financial regulation and its contribution to the financial crisis, trade rules and their interaction with standards especially for food safety and environmental protection, the regulation of key services (telecommunications and finance), intellectual property and the tensions between exclusive private rights and emergent forms of common and collective property in knowledge.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 602 pages
  • 176 x 248 x 26mm | 1,079.98g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 0521181968
  • 9780521181969
  • 1,281,587

Table of contents

1. Transformations of global governance; 2. Liberal internationalism: strengths and limits; 3. From interdependence to fragmentation; 4. Corporations and competition; 5. Corporate rights and responsibilities; 6. International taxation; 7. Regulation of international finance; 8. The WTO as a node of global governance; 9. Intellectual property rights; 10. Law and legitimacy in networked governance.
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'This book provides insight into global corporate capitalism's development and its contemporary governance ... the argument is carefully constructed through detailed accounts of salient developments in the history of the global economy over a substantial period of time. That such an enormous area of investigation is covered in a meticulous manner without any loss of focus by the author (or indeed this non-specialist reader) is testament to both the depth of knowledge that is conveyed and the manner in which it is expressed ... the book succeeds within its own terms: in providing a historical contextualization of the central features and institutions of the regulation of contemporary corporate capitalism; in highlighting the role of lawyers in shaping its development and contemporary governance; and in raising concerns regarding its implications for legitimacy and accountability, aims which are accomplished expertly.' Journal of Law and Society
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About Sol Picciotto

Professor Sol Picciotto is Emeritus Professor of Law at Lancaster University Law School.
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