The Transnational Capitalist Class
December 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Global System Theory.
Four Propositions on the Transnational Capitalist Class.
Structure of the Book.
2. Globalizing Class Theory:.
Theorizing the Dominant Class. Structure and Dynamics of the Transnational Capitalist Class.
Dominant Classes and Dominated Groups.
'National' Interest and the 'National' Economy.
3. Transnational Corporations and the Global Economy:.
The Global Economy and the Fortune Global 500.
Consumer Goods and Services.
From 'National Companies with Units Abroad' to Globalizing Corporations.
Global 500 Consumer Goods and Services Corporations.
Global 500 Financial Services Corporations.
Global 500 Heavy Industries Corporations.
Global 500 Infrastructure Corporations.
Global 500 Electronics Corporations.
4. Corporate Elites and the Transformation of Foreign Investment:.
The Transformation of Foreign Investment.
The Regulatory Climate.
Phases of Foreign Investment.
The Home Base and Foreign Investment: The Case of NAFTA.
Foreign Investment as a Globalizing Practice.
5. World Best Practice, Benchmarking and National Competitiveness:.
World Best Practice, Benchmarking, and Globalization.
Global Programme Benchmarking: Six Sigma and the Quest for Perfection.
Politicians, Professionals and the 'Competitiveness of Nations'.
World Best Practice as a Globalizing Practice.
6. Global Corporate Citizenship:.
Regulating the Corporations: History and Theory.
Corporate Philanthropy and Community Development.
Safety and Health of Consumers and Citizens.
Corporate Citizenship as a Globalizing Practice: Deconstructing Shell.
7. The Transnational Capitalist Class and the Struggle for the Environment:.
History and Theory of Corporate Environmentalism.
Corporate Capture of the Environmental Movement or Constructive Dialogue: the Creation of a Sustainable Development Historical Bloc.
Environmental Policies and Practices of Major Corporations.
Procter and Gamble.
RTZ (Rio Tinto).
BP (BP Amoco).
Sustainable Development as a Globalizing Ideology.
8. Global Vision and the Culture-Ideology of Consumerism:.
Consumer-Oriented Global Visions for Humanity.
Industry-Oriented Global Visions.
Organization-Oriented Global Visions.
The Visionary Executive.
Global Vision as a Globalizing Practice.
Appendix 1: Fortune Global 500 Corporations (and Subsidiaries) Interviewed, by Business Sector.
Appendix 2: Other Corporations and Organizations Interviewed.
- Identifies and analyzes globalizing corporations and their
- Critically assesses corporate perspectives and debates about
- Research drawn from interviews with over 80 Fortune Global 500 executives and managers.
"This is a pioneering and innovative study of an aspect of
globalization that is rarely treated in any systematic way. Through
a judicious mix of conceptual argument and empirical analysis,
Leslie Sklair's stimulating and highly readable book lays bare the
anatomy of the increasingly significant transnational capitalist
class. Highly recommended." Peter Dicken, University of
"This book provides a stocktaking of the drivers of
globalization worldwide, emphasizing the coherence of the process
but also its contradictions, particularly those associated with
economic inequality and environmental stress." Journal of
Australian Political Economy
"The entire process of globalization is fraught with conflicts
and new alliances between groups, be they based in corporations,
government or social movements. In the end, Sklair does a superb
job of depicting which group is dominant in this process and how it
vigorously defends its interests from attacks against the
culture-ideology of consumerism." International
"In making his case, Sklair takes a strong position to critique TNC and he pulls no punches. For this reason, he has given us a very important standpoint, along with abundant evidence to sustain his position. But whatever one's position, this book will have a major place in the academic debates." Lauren Langman, Loyola University of Chicago, Theory and Society 31, 2002<!--end-->