Corporate power is one of the strongest forces shaping our world. More than half of the top 100 economic entities today are private corporations. With their immense size comes commensurate influence, to the point where corporations are able to wreak social and environmental destruction with few serious consequences. Yet, amazingly, this subject is essentially absent from the study of economics.

The conservative economic theory that dominates the profession is based on the core belief that as little as possible should interfere with businesses’ pursuit of profit. This approach to economics ignores history, politics, poverty, the natural environment, and social class, among other inconvenient realities. Conservative economics would almost be laughable — were it not for the fact that this way of thinking helps prop up the worst excesses of capitalism.

Social Murder examines the connections between the destructiveness of global capitalism and the professional economists who help keep it that way.

Subject Business & Economics/Economics/Theory
Published November 2007
Price $26.95 CDN
Pages 232 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 8.5″ × 0.5″
ISBN-10 1-894037-31-6
ISBN-13 978-1-894037-31-0

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About the Authors

Robert Chernomas is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba. He received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York. He has published in both the academic and popular literature with respect to macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, health care economics and in the area of the socio-economic determinants of health. He has lectured in Canada, the US, China, Africa and Europe. He has spoken and written numerous times on these topics and others in the media, for unions, church groups and other activist groups, including the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He has been co-chair of the Alternative Federal Budget, active in his own union for twenty years (President, Chief Bargainer) and is currently a Board member of the Council of Canadians.

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Ian Hudson is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba. In his earlier career his main research interest was the economics of professional sports. More recently, he has published several articles in the area of ethical consumption. He is a research associate for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he has published several works on the danger of tax cuts and reductions in public spending. He is on the steering committees of Fair Trade Manitoba and the Progressive Economics Forum.