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Civic Empowerment in an Age of Corporate Greed

A thought-provoking investigation of an urgent issue facing American communities today, Edward C. Lorenz’s book examines the intersection of corporate irresponsibility and civic engagement. At the heart of this case study is a group of firms responsible for seven of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, the largest food contamination accident in U.S. history, stunning stock and financial manipulations, and a massive shift of jobs off shore. In the face of these egregious environmental, employee, and investor abuses, several communities impacted by these firms organized to confront and combat failures in corporate and bureaucratic leadership, winning notable victories over major financiers, lobbyists, and indifferent or ineffective government agencies. A critical analysis of public and private leadership, business and economic ethics, and civic life, this book concludes with a stirring blueprint for other communities facing similarly overwhelming opposition.

Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
340 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Edward C. Lorenz is the Reid-Knox Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at Alma College, where he also directs the collegeƆs Public Affairs Institute.

Early Praise

"Ed Lorenz has done a magnificent job of telling a story with national implications for America. It chronicles the toll on a community whose human and natural resources are pillaged by corporations. But it also offers positive future directions. How can we align corporate and community values when it comes to community sustainability? This book should be of interest not just to academic, but also to general audiences."
Dave Dempsey, author of On the Brink


Book AwardAxiom Business Award

Book AwardHistorical Society of Michigan State History Award
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