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Business-Managed Democracy

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

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Government

Direct Intervention


Because corporations have so much influence on US government policy making, the US government goes out of way to support US-based corporations abroad. During the Clinton administration, for example, the Commerce Department built what an undersecretary called an ‘economic war room’ for promoting US business abroad. The New York Times noted that the efforts to win business often require ‘arm-twisting in foreign capitals to change the way nations do business’.

The US government has interfered with the government of other nations on behalf of business interests. The most prominent example is that of Chile.