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The network of global corporate control: implications for public policy

  • Hugh Compston

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To what extent do transnational companies (TNCs) have the capacity to influence public policy? This article uses the results of a major new study of TNC ownership to shed light on this issue. It is found that TNC ownership and control is extremely concentrated and that there is an inner core of firms with strong co-ownership links that is overrepresented in the membership of major business organizations. It is concluded that these factors enhance the potential for TNCs in general, and core TNCs in particular, to influence public policy.

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Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Cardiff University, 65–68 Park Place, Cardiff CF23 5AB, UK, e-mail: compston@cardiff.ac.uk

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