The Network of Global Corporate Control: Implications for Politics
20 May 2013
On Wednesday 8 May the School played host to Prof Compston, who presented his research on global corporate control, and the implications of this on politics more broadly. The recent discovery by systems analysts at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich that the ownership and control of transnational companies globally is both extremely concentrated and largely centralised in the hands of less than one per cent of these firms depicts a concentration of economic control that is both striking and wholly unanticipated. What does it mean? How did the researchers discover it? What are the implications for politics and public policy? These are the questions addressed in this talk.
Hugh Compston is a Professor of Politics at Cardiff University and has published widely on political economy, public policy and climate politics. Recent books include Climate Clever (with Ian Bailey) (Routledge, 2012), Feeling the Heat (edited with Ian Bailey) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Climate Change and Political Strategy (edited) (Taylor and Francis, 2010), Policy Networks and Policy Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), and Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies (edited with Ian Bailey) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
If you have any questions about the talk, please contact Hugh Compston, directly as he would be happy to discuss his research in more depth.
Clip of the recording