This volume examines the leading professional societies since World War II - those in the free market economies of the United States, Britain, France, West Germany and Japan, and those in the collapsed command economies of East Germany and the Soviet Union. It praises their achievements, but also warns of the greed and corruption of their elites, aking whether corruption rather than ideology caused the collapse of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and if Anglo-American capitalism is likely to go the same way.
'His learned and passionate book clearly deserves to be the next important text in the stakeholding debate.' – The Guardian
'Path-breaking study of the contrasts and similarities between the managerial elites of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, the former GDR and the former Soviet Union ... a rich and subtle book.' – Prospect