Wealth By Stealth

Wealth By Stealth

Corporate Crime, Corporate Law, and the Perversion of Democracy

By Harry Glasbeek


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How is it that corporations are able to behave irresponsibly, criminally, and undemocratically? Wealth by Stealth is a scathing introduction to the operations of the modern corporation, written by a corporate lawyer. Many writers point to the growth of undemocratic corporate power. Glasbeek takes these observations further and outlines clearly how corporations become so powerful. He also shows how they are able to act without regard to the behaviour and laws governing citizens and other groups. Glasbeek is known by generations of students for his brilliant, funny lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School. With Wealth by Stealth his informative critique of corporate behaviour becomes available and accessible to all. How is it “The corporation makes them do it”?

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Harry Glasbeek not only reveals how the economy really works, but also provides the key to analysing other economies and the global capitalist system.

– Frank Pearce, co-author of Toxic Capitalism: Corporate Crime and the Chemical Industry

Wealth by Stealth is a book for every reader. It is written in straightforward language, richly documented, and profoundly disturbing.

– Gilbert Geis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, Univeristy of California, Irvine; Past President, American Society of Criminology

This provocative and insightful exposé-written by a corporate lawyer-shows how corporations get away with murder…and much else.

– Linda McQuaig, author of All You Can Eat: Greed, Lust and the New Capitalism


Chapter 1 The Corporation as an Invisible Friend
Chapter 2 An Ill-Assorted Trio: Capitalism, the Market, and the Corporation
Chapter 3 The "Small Is Beautiful" Campaign
Chapter 4 The Small and the Ugly
Chapter 5 The Westray Story
Chapter 6 The Undemocratic Innards of the Large Corporation
Chapter 7 When Big Corporations Speak, Governments Listen
Chapter 8 Corporate Deviance and Deviants: The Fancy Footwork of Criminal Law
Chapter 9 "It's Not a Crime:" Reclassifying Corporate Deviance
Chapter 10 New Corporate Responsibilities–or More Window Dressing?
Chapter 11 The Legal Corporate Social Responsibility Movement: A Politics of Impotence
Chapter 12 The Stakeholder/Social Responsibility Movement Goes Private
Chapter 13 Government in Their Own Image: Corporations and Political Power
Chapter 14 Outing the Captains of Industry, Finance, Retail, and Everything Else
Notes and Sources