Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

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National Government
• Business Lobbies • Policy Planning Groups • Think Tanks • Consultants • Corporate Reach • References
International Coercion
• Direct Intervention • Development Banks • Washington Consensus • Financial Markets • World Trade Organization

• International Lobby Groups
• References
Privatisation Prices Privatisation Problems Rationale Investment Capital Driving Forces Conglomerates References
Trade Agenda
The Uruguay Round The GATT Agreement Intellectual Property The Doha Round Business Networks Regional Agreements References
Trade in Services
General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Early Business Lobbies Financial Services Business Coalitions Business Strategies References

Wealth as a Virtue
Wealth as Greed Wealth as Reward Poverty as Punishment References
Motivating Workers
Work Ethic Work and Identity Increasing Productivity Welfare Recipients Welfare Systems References
Media and PR
• Public Relations • Journalistic Objectivity • News Sources • Journalists • Ownership • Advertisers • News Content • References
Social Media
• Examples • Bots • Online News • The Filter Bubble • Elections • References
Consumerism and Work Subverting Discontent Social Media Advertising to Children Marketing to Children Consequences for Children


Business Values
Free Market Scriptures

Early US Campaigns Advertising Free Enterprise Free Market Education 1970s Free Market Education Share Holding References
School Funding
• Taxation • Disconnect from Outcomes

• Underfunding of Schools • Funding Inequity References
• Classroom Materials • Product Sales • Direct Advertising • Corporate Promotion • Market Research

• References
Sponsored Materials
• Nutrition and Health

• Environment and Energy • Economic Education • Government /Teacher Support

• References
Business Campaigns
• Key Individuals • Business Coalitions Foundations Think Tanks • National Summits

• Education Crises
• Profit Seekers • References
Schools as Businesses
• Business Model • Devolution • Standards and Testing • High Stakes Testing Consequences • References
Standardised Curricula
• Education Paradigms • Curriculum Content • Impact on Teaching • Outcomes

• References
School Choice
• Ideology

• Open Enrolments
Voucher Promotion Vouchers in Practice Private Schools

Privatising Schools
• Charter Schools Private Provision in UK School Administration Privatising Child Care

Privatisation Proponents References

Green Consumerism
• Problems • Examples • Labels • Change References
Public Relations
• PR Companies • PR Strategies • Dealing with Activists • Examples • References
Front Groups/ Astroturf
• Front Groups • Examples • Astroturf • Political Influence • References
Wise Use Movement

Beliefs and Goals Strategies and Tactics Corporate Support

Wise Use Groups
Think Tanks
Examples Casting Doubt Attacking Environmentalists Attacking Regulation Market Environmentalism References
Global Warming
Vested Interests Greenwash Casting Doubt Front Groups/Astroturf Denial Scientists Think Tanks Consultants References
Aims and Objectives Targets and Grounds Examples Australian Examples Responses

The Media
Framing the News News Sources

Examples Media Ownership References
Sustainable Development Shades of Environmentalism Funding Business Connections Free Market Environmentalism References