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Property, Power and Politics

Why We Need to Rethink the World Power System

By Jean-Philippe Robé

Published

5 Oct 2020

Page count

376 pages

ISBN

978-1529213171

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

5 Oct 2020

Page count

376 pages

ISBN

978-1529213164

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

5 Oct 2020

Page count

376 pages

ISBN

978-1529213188

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Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    Globalization is an extraordinary phenomenon affecting virtually everything in our lives. And it is imperative that we understand the operation of economic power in a globalized world if we are to address the most challenging issues our world is facing today, from climate change to world hunger and poverty.

    This revolutionary work rethinks globalization as a power system feeding from, and in competition with, the state system. Cutting across disciplines of law, politics and economics, it explores how multinational enterprises morphed into world political organisations with global reach and power, but without the corresponding responsibilities.

    In illuminating how the concentration of property rights within corporations has led to the rejection of democracy as an ineffective system of government and to the rise in inequality, Robé offers a clear pathway to a fairer and more sustainable power system.

    "An analysis of the modern world synthesising law, history and politics in a way that no one else has tried before. Practically every page presents some new facts, historical insight or conceptual innovation. Robe is interested in solutions as much as in analysis. This is a real tour de force by one of the most original, deep thinkers, today. " Ronen Palan, City University London

    “To say that this work is multidisciplinary does not do it justice. It uniquely integrates the dynamics of state sovereignty, corporate globalization, property rights, and public as well as private law, to illuminate the workings of a multidimensional world power system that needs to be understood before it can be democratically governed.” John Ruggie, Harvard Law School

    “This compelling work’s core arguments deeply challenge conventional economics and transform how we understand the global economy and the power of enterprises. It will cause a great deal of trouble, and rightly so.” Philip Scranton, Rutgers University

    Jean-Philippe Robé is a member of the Paris and New York Bars. He teaches law at the Sciences Po Law School in Paris and is an equity partner in one of the largest US law firms.

    General Introduction;

    Part 1 ~ Property;

    Introduction to Part 1;

    The Meaning of Property;

    The Modern Constitutional Mode of Government;

    Sovereignty and Property;

    From Political Enterprise to the Modern State;

    The Mixing of Democracy and Despotism;

    Part 2 ~ Firms in the World Power System;

    Introduction to Part 2;

    Firms;

    The Features of Business Corporations;

    The Spreading of the Corporate System and Its Consequences;

    Coping with Firms;

    Towards a Sustainable World Power System.