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Corporations and Politics

Losing Our Democracy by Mark Green analyzes how the Bush administration has been dismantling our Democracy. A good sequel to his other book (with co-author Eric Alterman), The Book on Bush.

Selling Out: How Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation and Betrays Our Democracy (2002) also by Mark Green is one of the most comprehensive assessments of the electoral and campaign finance reform issues that has been published in recent years. Green currently runs the New Democracy Project in New York City.

The Buying of the President 2004 (2004). The Center for Public Integrity's expose of the corporate interests behind the candidates.

The Bankrollers: Lobbyists’ Payments to the Lawmakers They Court, 1998-2006 Washington, DC: Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, 2006

Who Will Tell the People? The Betrayal of American Democracy (1993) by William Greider. Over a decade later, this book remains one of the best explanations of how corporations dominate federal regulatory processes and inside-the-beltway politics.

Hostile Takeover by blogger David Sirota is a meticulous dissection of how corporations dominate federal law and policymaking.

Cronies (2004) by Robert Bryce is a useful review of the Texan political-economic network that dominates the Bush administration and, he argues, has dominated American politics over most of the past half-century. Bryce also wrote one of the best books on Enron, Pipe Dreams.

Fixing Elections and 10 Step to Repair American Democracy by Steve Hill examine specific election reforms that would reduce corporate domination of our political and electoral systems. To keep current on Instant Runoff Voting and other reforms, go to the Fair Vote web site.

American Fascists by Chris Hedges is a stark warning to contemporary Americans that it can happen here. Check out this video interview with the author from C-SPAN.

This issue of Multinational Monitor examines political corruption in Congress and related reforms.

Spoiling for a Fight by Micah Sifry and Crashing the Party by Ralph Nader are two important examinations of the corporate two-party system and third-party campaigns.

Money and Politics by David Donnely, Janice Fine, and Ellen Miller (New Democracy Forum) argues that only full public funding of campaigns can ensure democratic elections.

If Buckley Fell by E. Josh Rosenkranz (ed.) is an examination of First Amendment issues and attempts to regulate money in politics. For an in-depth examination of First Amendment issues and campaign spending limits, also see the National Voting Rights Institute.

Stealing Democracy by Spencer Overton examines the new politics of voter suppression.

The Boys on the Bus is Timothy Crouse's classic on how journalists cover campaigns.

Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems by Thomas Ferguson Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995

Dirty Business: The Corporate-Political Money-Power Game By Ovid Demaris New York: Harper’s Magazine Press, 1974

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America By Arianna Huffington, New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004

Big Business and Presidential Power (1982) by Kim McQuaid is a history of how leading U.S. corporations coordinated their interests to effect corporate-friendly national policies through trade associations and organizations such as the Business Roundtable.

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