The Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy

  • 6h 18m 5s
  • Gerald F. Davis
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2016

It may be hard to believe in an era of Walmart, Citizens United, and the Koch brothers, but corporations are on the decline. The number of American companies listed on the stock market dropped by half between 1996 and 2012. In recent years we've seen some of the most storied corporations go bankrupt (General Motors, Chrysler, Eastman Kodak) or disappear entirely (Bethlehem Steel, Lehman Brothers, Borders).

Gerald Davis argues this is a root cause of the income inequality and social instability we face today. Corporations were once an integral part of building the middle class. He points out that in their heyday they offered millions of people lifetime employment, a stable career path, health insurance, and retirement pensions. They were like small private welfare states.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1: Corporations in America and Around the World
  • Chapter 2: How the Corporation Conquered America
  • Chapter 3: Taming the Corporation
  • Chapter 4: The Postwar Era of Corporate Dominance
  • Chapter 5: Shareholders Get the Upper Hand
  • Chapter 6: Nikefication and the Rise of the Virtual Corporation
  • Chapter 7: The Public Corporation Becomes Obsolete
  • Chapter 8: The Last Gasp of the IPO Market
  • Chapter 9: The Disappearing Social Safety Net
  • Chapter 10: Rising Inequality
  • Chapter 11: Declining Upward Mobility
  • Chapter 12: Silver Linings
  • Chapter 13: Possible Postcorporate Futures
  • Chapter 14: Navigating a Postcorporate Economy