Europe Inc.: Regional and Global Restructuring and the Rise by Anne Doherty, Erik Wesselius, Olivier Hoedeman,

By Anne Doherty, Erik Wesselius, Olivier Hoedeman,

Over the last 20 years the main overseas firms became commercial lobbyists in the ecu group, to such an quantity that they pose a risk to democracy. In flip the EC has been very receptive to the political time table of company curiosity teams, particularly to the suggestion of creating Europe a loose alternate area. This ebook presents an perception into the systematic ways that transnational organizations paintings via foyer teams to form european coverage. The authors conceal the main gamers during this anti-democratic perform and research the structural and political elements that have enabled company political impression in Europe to dominate. They learn: how governments were persuaded to extend competitiveness through dismantling and privatising public companies, deregulating and dismantling social and setting protections; the expanding impression of company foyer teams on selection makers and the corresponding loss of voice given to small company, organised labour and person voters; the influence of the only marketplace and foreign money; structural adjustment in jap Europe; and the function of the eu business foyer teams in the WTO and the real multilateral contract on funding. the variety of case reviews contain ecu lobbying in the biotech undefined, the PR and the UN weather summit.

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But even more disturbingly, such PR propaganda fuels misperceptions about the goals and tactics of activist groups. 30 Right-wing think-tanks funded by industry have been a common phenomenon in North America since the 1970s. Institutes like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, though ostensibly of a more neutral nature than conventional corporate lobby groups, have played a major role in shaping the public debate and government policies in the interests of their corporate sponsors.

In 1998, UEAPME threatened to take UNICE before the European Court of Justice if they were not included in the Social Dialogue, and were only persuaded to drop the case when UNICE promised to integrate their input into every dialogue meeting. ‘They pretend that we only represent big business and not small and medium-sized companies, so we had kind of a long dispute,’ admits de Callatäy. ’15 However, UEAPME’s ‘seat’ is not an official one, and it enjoys no real rights in the Social Dialogue. 16 In fact, policies and positions are elaborated through a complex web of policy committees17 and some sixty working groups composed of experts from the various national member federations.

61 The new report again stresses that Europeans should be subjected to ‘life-long learning’62 in order to stay employed amidst the constant changes and restructuring required by ever-fiercer global competition. Decision makers should stimulate and speed up the process of change, and foster innovation by providing finance, education, research and development and businessfriendly regulatory conditions. ERT companies have already completely 32 EUROPE INC. adapted their strategies to this profit-driven process, and present these disruptive prescriptions as incontestable.

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