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”?
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
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
|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|