Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy – Jamie Brownlee

Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy – Jamie Brownlee

Ruling CanadaSynopsis

The “economic elite” has long been thought to cooperate at a corporate level to impact state and national policies and programs at the expense of the Canadian citizenry. However, this work reveals the expanding reach of the elite and their current encroachment into the noncorporate arena as yet another opportunity to exert their formidable influence. Citing the increasingly unified and class-conscious aspects of the group, this text reveals the degree to which this minority continues to prosper, dominate, and threaten Canadian democracy through numerous unifying mechanisms: corporate director interlocks; concentrated economic ownership; ties to the mass media; and the many business-oriented think tanks, philanthropic foundations, and corporate policy organizations. Maintaining that these existing relations need not be considered inevitable, the author challenges concerned citizens to come together to disrupt the political and economic status quo.

My Thoughts

This was another book I had to read for a class paper. Holding a Marxist view of the conflicts between the capital class and the subordinate class, this book was perfect for my paper on the ineffectiveness of criminal law and corporate wrongdoing. Granted, I skimmed through some sections of the book, as a thesis work for an MA degree, it was quite an enticing read. However, it is difficult to discuss exactly what I enjoyed about this analysis without delving into a thorough explanation of structural Marxism – an endeavor I wish to save for my paper, rather than a book review.

Though I cannot offer a more thorough review, I can say that works of this nature will prove useful for my second undergraduate thesis coming up next year in criminology. Now, I go back to drowning in Marxism and corporate legislation.


~ by Aubrey Smith on November 17, 2013.

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