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"a facinating read" (City AM podcast www.cityam.com, Wednesday 23rd January 2008)
"...a timely new book...deserves to be read." (Pensions & Investments, Monday 21st January 2008)
Corporations were conceived and first chartered to serve the public good to exploit hard-to-find resources and to undertake projects individual businesspeople couldn't manage alone. But times have changed, corporate executives have taken on regal authority, and the public good has been dropped from the equation.
Modern corporations are free to maximize their wealth but owe nothing to the individuals and communities around them. They balk at government regulation and lock out shareholders while executives use inside baseball to reward themselves with massive pay packages. Today's CEOs are beholden to one thing onlyprofit for profit's sakeand our communities, our workforce, and our environment frequently suffer for it. While over-regulation of corporations will destroy the economy, doing nothing to change corporate behavior might well destroy everything else.
In Corpocracy, longtime corporate lawyer, venture capitalist, and shareholder activist Robert Monks reveals how corporations seized control, how they abuse their power, and what we canand mustdo to rein them in. In this clear and careful analysis, Monks outlines a plan for reconciling the competing interests of corporations and society through thoughtful shareholder activism that protects the interests of corporations and everyone else.
Shareholder control over large corporations is as weak as it has ever been. Not only are corporations rarely held to account by government regulation, they face even less control by those whose interests they ostensibly serve. Yet, when engaged and active, shareholders still hold the power to influence corporate behavior and governance in ways that can benefit everyone.
Corporate capitalism is still the best chance for mankind to improve life on earth. But corporations must be made to operate within the rules of legitimate authority without retarding their ability to create wealth. It's up to us to find a path that reins in corporations without stifling their ability to innovate and profit. Corpocracy is the map that will guide us to better corporations and a better world for us all.
What Sir Adrian Cadbury and others have written on the importance of this book, its incisiveness and the impact of the issue cannot be stressed enough. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Scott S. Lichtenstein
The author has given a great expose' on the problems of abuse that exist in corporate America. The expectation that corporate boards are serving as a watch dog in their duties is... Read morePublished on May 28, 2008 by Dwight L. Short
When, on some future date, the Mount Rushmore of Corporate Governance is carved into some mountainside, Bob Monks' profile should be chiseled into the stoneface in a position... Read morePublished on December 26, 2007 by John C. Coffee