Financial Elites and Transnational Business: Who Rules the World?

Edward Elgar Publishing
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'This volume brings together leading scholars from around the world and a cross-section of some of the most exciting and cutting edge of research on transnational capitalists. the varied contributions are timely. They provide great insight into the st
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Edward Elgar Publishing
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Published on
Jan 1, 2012
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Pages
269
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ISBN
9780857935526
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English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Business
Business & Economics / Industries / General
Business & Economics / International / General
Political Science / Globalization
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