The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making
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|Format:||Hardback, 400 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 May 2008|
The Superclass - politicians, military leaders, finance gurus, energy barons, media moguls and thought leaders - is the small group that currently plays the greatest role in shaping the progress of globalisation and perhaps the group most changed by that phenomenon, so much so that they have more in common with one another than they do with their own countrymen. And because this group frequently operates outside all national and international regulation, they are often in conflict with the elite in their own countries. Rothkopf offers a provocative and trenchant examination of the overlapping international power clusters. He reveals who is a member of this global Superclass and who is likely to be joining it and transforming it in the years ahead. And he will explore how the aggressive pursuit of self-interest by some in this class helped to create a world in which inequity is greater than ever - something that may well threaten international stability in our lifetimes.
About the Author
David Rothkopf is CEO of the Rothkopf Group, a consulting firm which advises on international economic and securty issues. He has written over 150 articles on international themes for the NEW YORK TIMES, the WASHINGTON POST, the FT and other leading publications worldwide.
Books on world elites tend to focus on the superwealthy, but political scholar Rothkopf (Running the World) has written a serious and eminently readable evaluation of the superpowerful. Until recent decades, great-power governments provided most of the "superclass," accompanied by a few heads of international movements (i.e., the pope) and entrepreneurs (Rothschilds, Rockefellers). Today, economic clout-fueled by the explosive expansion of international trade, travel and communication-rules. The nation state's power has diminished, according to Rothkopf, shrinking politicians to minority power broker status. Leaders in international business, finance and the defense industry not only dominate the superclass, they move freely into high positions in their nations' governments and back to private life largely beyond the notice of elected legislatures (including the U.S. Congress), which remain abysmally ignorant of affairs beyond their borders. The superelites' disproportionate influence over national policy is often constructive, but always self-interested. Across the world, the author contends, few object to corruption and oppressive governments provided they can do business in these countries. Neither hand-wringing nor worshipful, this book delivers an unsettling account of what the immense and growing power of this superclass bodes for the future. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
** 'This is a wide-ranging, hard-hitting book about all our lives' WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
They're rich, they're powerful, and they run the world. And now the author of Running the World is writing about them. With a national tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Little, Brown|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 16.0 x 3.0 centimeters|