Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

About this Site

If you know of examples of business-managed democracy worthy of inclusion, please forward them to

Educators and activitists are encouraged to use this site. Formal permission is not required but a short e-mail message detailing the context of use would be appreciated.

This site has been researched, written, compiled and designed by Sharon Beder. This is a non-profit project and does not receive funding from any business, government or organisation.

Professor Sharon Beder

Sharon BederDr Sharon Beder was a professor at the University of Wollongong before she retired.

Sharon's research has focussed on how power relationships are maintained and challenged, particularly by corporations and professions. She is interested in environmental politics; the rhetoric of sustainable development; the philosophies behind environmental economics; and trends in environmentalism and corporate activism/public relations. Most recently she has broadened her research interests to critique various manifestations of neoliberalism including privatisation and deregulation, market solutions to social problems and the business takeover of school education.

She has written 10 books, around 150 articles, book chapters and conference papers (many available for download here), as well as designing educational resources and websites. Her books are:

More about Sharon Beder can be found here.