Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy

Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy : Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy

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The public relations industry is not just about celebrity gossip. This book shows how, whenever big business is threatened, spin doctors, lobbyists, think tanks and front groups are on hand to push the corporate interest, often at the public's expense. Written by leading activists and writers, this book reveals the secrets of the PR trade including deception, the use of fake 'institutes', spying and dirty tricks. The impact can be devastating -- when the public is denied access to the truth, the results are rising inequality and environmental catastrophe. Exposing the misdeeds of famous companies including Coca Cola, British Aerospace, Exxon and Monsanto, and revealing information about the covert funding of various apparently independent thinks tanks and institutes, the authors offer a guide to campaigns that can help us roll back corporate power and resist deceptive PR.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745324452
  • 9780745324456

About David Miller

David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is the co-author of The Israel Lobby and the European Union (Public Interest Investigations, 2016) and editor of Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (Pluto Press, 2003), amongst many other works. William Dinan is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Geography and Sociology at Strathclyde University, specialising in corporate PR and lobbying. He is the co-editor of Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy (2007).
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Table of contents

Introduction: Unearthing Corporate Spin by William Dinan and David Miller - Strathclyde University Department of Geography and Sociology

Part 1: Global Corporate Power and Corporate Spin

1. Public Relations and the Subversion of Democracy by David Miller and William Dinan - Strathclyde University Department of Geography and Sociology

2. Achilles Has Two Heels: Crises of Capitalist Globalisation by Leslie Sklair - London School of Economics and Political Science (Sociology)

3. A Tour of the United Kingdom's Public Relations Industry by Chris Grimshaw - Corporate Watch

Part 2: How Corporations Use Spin to Undermine Democracy

4. Powers Behind the Throne: Washington's Top Political Strategists by Laura Miller - Center for Media and Democracy

5. Spinning Farmed Salmon by David Miller - Strathclyde University Department of Geography and Sociology

6. Exxon's Foot Soldiers: The Case of the International Policy Network by Andy Rowell - Freelance writer and investigative journalist

7. Biotech's Fake Persuaders by Jonathan Matthews - Founder of GM Watch and Lobbywatch

8. Fighting Dirty Wars: Spying for the Arms Trade by Eveline Lubbers - Investigative Reporter, Amsterdam

9. Manufacturing a Neoliberal Climate: Recent Reform Initiatives in Germany by Ulrich Mueller - LobbyControl, Germany

Part 3: The Subterranean World of the Power Brokers

10. Globalising Politics: Spinning US `Democracy Assistance' Programmes by Gerald Sussman - Portland State University

11. Behind the Screens: Corporate Lobbying and EU Audiovisual Policy by Granville Williams - Media and Journalism, University of Huddesfield

12. Spinning Money: Corporate Public Relations and the London Stock Exchange by Aeron Davis

13. The Atlantic Semantic: New Labour's US Connections by William Clark - Strathclyde University Department of Geography and Sociology

Part 4: Fighting Back: Campaigning Against Spin and Rolling Back Corporate Power

14. Unmasking Public Relations by Bob Burton - Freelance Journalist, Canberra, Australia

15. Corporate Power in Europe: The Brussels `Lobbycracy' by Olivier Hoedeman - Corporate Europe Observatory, Amsterdam

16. Killer Coke by Andy Higginbottom - Kingston University in London

Conclusion: Countering Corporate Spin by David Miller and William Dinan


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'Corporate spin is one of the great toxins of democracy and a free society. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy is a foundational book to educate us about this sleazy realm and equip us to do battle with it' -- Robert W. McChesney, author, Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media 'Essential reading for anyone concerned with the rise of corporate power and with seeing the world as it really is' -- Mark Curtis, journalist and author of 'Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses' (2007)
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