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Politicians and civil servants under the influence of corporations are caricatured as greedy fat cats, bad apples in an otherwise untarnished barrel. In truth, these seedy images of corruption are a smokescreen impeding a true understanding of the relationship between corporations and governments. Corporations and politicians may not always have the same interests but the task of governments has always been the same: to moderate an environment where the rich can continue to profit and the powerful can remain so. Corporate power over liberal democracy is global and ubiquitous. Even the term 'revolving doors' between corporations and government assumes that there is a door at all.
Books, reports and films about corporate influence over government, plus links to research groups and publications exposing lobbying, revolving doors and corruption as well as campaign groups taking action on these issues.
"She said Shell had seconded people to all the relevant ministries [in Nigeria] and that Shell consequently had access to everything that was being done in those ministries." - Robin Renee Sanders, US Ambassador, reporting Ann Pickards, Shell's Vice President for Sub Saharan Africa