When the financial crisis hit in 2007, economics students at respected institutions around the world found that theories handed down in classrooms failed to explain the reality outside, and an international movement began to demand a change in the way […]
By Ruby Russell, for Occupy.com
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The ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting has come and gone. Held in Bali recently, the WTO succeeded in pushing through a highly imbalanced “Bali package” that delivered an agreement on trade facilitation and in exchange tied the hands […]
By Mary Louise Malig, Via Campesina
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State of Power 2014 – Exposing the Davos class
2,500 of the most powerful corporate and political leaders are gathering this week in Davos for the annual World Economic Forum now under way in Davos, Switzerland. But who makes up this Davos class? And how do they operate? What responsibility do they have or shirk as political and business elites? How can we take back control over our economies, society, environment; indeed our future?
The new State of Power 2014 report from Transnational Institute (TNI) in collaboration with Occupy.com exposes and analyses the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.
The report looks at how power operates in both the EU and in global governance in general; the implications that arise from Snowden’s revelations; the role of corporations and the state; and how the Davos class are fuelling land grabs, a new scramble for Africa’s resources, and preventing an effective solution to climate change. Finally it shares ideas on how we can reclaim power and build a more sustainable future.
State of Power 2014 combines penetrating essays by leading scholar activists with vibrant infographics that illuminate the machinery of power. You can download a copy by clicking on the image in the right hand column on this page, or you can download the full report, infographics or individual chapters from TNI’s website.