The Democracy Sham: How Globalisation Devalues Your Vote

Author(s): Bryan Gould

NZ Non Fiction

The Democracy Sham explores how governments on both sides of the political spectrum are seriously constrained and compromised by the pressures of the global economy, and consequently, how our democratic rights are being eroded. Successive governments in New Zealand and around the world would have us believe that globalisation is both inevitable and desirable, and that it has produced better economic and societal outcomes than we would have otherwise seen. However, is this really the case?

In the Democracy Sham, Bryan Gould explores both the New Zealand and British experience of the global economy and details the way that international corporate power has tightened its grip over the past 25 years or so. He looks at both the dubious economic benefits of globalisation and the serious erosion of the ability of voters to influence what their governements do, as they buckle under the pressure from global corporations to implement monetarist economic policies.

The Democracy Sham is an important book. It provides a clear and succinct critque of New Zealand economic policy since the mid 1980s, and offers a highly informed perspective on what can be done to loosen the grip that big business and the global economy have on our economic policy, our political system and indeed our daily lives. First published 2006.


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  • : 9781877333507
  • : Craig Potton Publishing
  • : Craig Potton Publishing
  • : 0.269
  • : 235mm X 155mm X 14mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

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  • : Bryan Gould
  • : Paperback
  • : 320.993
  • : 172