Citizens DisUnited by Robert A.G. Monks
Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream

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Some of these laws are inexplicably complex and hard to see how corrupted they are on their face, but Monks points out one of the most popular loopholes which immediately smacks of unfairness...
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Democratic capitalism—the source of America’s vast wealth, the foundation of our entire economic system—is threatened as never before, not from without but from within. Shareholders today no longer own, except in the narrowest legal sense, the corporations they have invested in. Emboldened by the Supreme Court and enabled by a compliant Congress and compromised regulators, America’s CEOs have staged a corporate coup d’état. They, not the titular owners of the businesses, decide where and how company resources will be deployed, what laws will be evaded in the pursuit of short-term gain, what offshore havens profits will be stashed in to avoid taxation, and critically, how lavishly the CEOs themselves will be compensated.

Far too much of American business is being run for the personal enrichment and glorification of its manager-kings. This book shows how that happened and unveils, for the first time, a new study showing that corporations “un-owned” by their shareholders—corporate “drones”—are far worse corporate citizens and have significantly lower average shareholder returns than firms in which owners still exercise authority over management. Manager-kings, it turns out, are bad both for society and for business itself.
 

About Robert A.G. Monks

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Pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser, Robert AG Monks, has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, government capture, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues. He is the author of Corporate Governance (with Nell Minow), Power & Accountability (with Nell Minow), Watching the Watchers, The New Global Investors, The Emperor's Nightingale, Corpocracy and Corporate Valuation (with Alexandra Lajoux). Mr. Monks is an expert on retirement and pension plans and was appointed director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. Mr. Monks served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system. Mr. Monks was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), now the leading corporate governance consulting firm. He also founded Lens Governance Advisers and co-founded GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library). He is a shareholder in and advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company.
 
Published March 8, 2013 by Miniver Press. 196 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Luke Goldstein on Jul 22 2013

Some of these laws are inexplicably complex and hard to see how corrupted they are on their face, but Monks points out one of the most popular loopholes which immediately smacks of unfairness...

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Reviewed by pfaulhaber on Jun 20 2013

While this book does present an insider’s view of the corporate world with all of its flaws, I feel the timing is wrong for such a bashing.

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