Volume 1, Number 1 (2008)

The Rise of Corporatocracy in a Disenchanted Age

Hillary J. Shaw

Harper Adams University College


Political theorists such as Foucault and Giddens believed in the endurance of the ‘state’ as a political entity headed by a ‘king’.  This division of the globe is contrary to the requirements of global capitalism which seeks the widest possible market and sources of raw materials and labour.  The dichotomy is apparently resolved by global corporations usurping the power of the ‘king’, leaving him only a managerial role, to promote economic interests within his state.  However the rootless standardisation of the globalised economy  may  engender  a  disenfranchised, disenchanted,  discontented  set  of  societies that  perceive  no  allegiance  to  either  king  or corporation.  Resistance to the global economy crystallises in a return to the enchantment of the local, which becomes a focal point for those who would dismantle the entire edifice of the multinational  corporation.  A  middle  course, between  the  entirely  global  and  the  entirely local, is only possible if we retain the capacity for self-determination rather than ceding our culture, our lives, to the consuming power of materialism.