Bakan also makes a key distinction between the (often decent) people who work for corporations and the unique structure of imperatives that direct the actions of every person within it. He explains the nature and discusses the implications of its pathological character and follows this up with a discussion of its increasing power over society. The book draws much of its authority from original interviews with players from the corporate world, pundits who analyse it and critics who highlight its dangers and propose solutions. The final chapter considers what should and can be done to mitigate its potential to cause harm. Bakan argues that however much power the corporation has acquiredand despite the apparent powerlessness of governments to control the beastit still remains our own creation that depends upon the law for its continued existence. The law has made it what it is and the law can and must be used to control it. It would be a mistake therefore, he argues, to assume that the power of popular protest alone can help us and an even bigger mistake to believe that corporations can become socially aware moral entities that put the good of the environment, the community, the people before the generation of profit. Above all, we must realize that the corporation and its underlying ideology are animated by a narrow and destructive conception of human nature that contradicts our hard won values of democracy, social justice, equality and compassion. Bakans book is clearly written, easily accessible and irresistible in its general analysis. A must read, not merely for those interested in the business world, butsince the pathological values of the corporation are determining the kind of world we have todayfor everyone. --Larry Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Bakan's analysis is strong on pinpointing problems with current business.' -- Harvard Business Review
'Fahrenheit 9/11 for people who think.' -- Independent
'No matter how cuddly and cute big business pretends to be ... Wake up and smell The Corporation.' -- Stephen Applebaum, Sunday Herald
'The Corporation will force you to reflect on what really matters, both in one's life and in one's company.' -- The Globe and Mail