Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781786990723 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990730 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America only

CEO Society

The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life

Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes

CEO Society

Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781786990723 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990730 Published May 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Corporate Executive Officers (CEOs) have become the cultural icons of the twenty-first century. Figures like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are held up as role models who epitomize the modern pursuit of innovation, wealth, and success. We now live in a CEO society—a society where corporate leadership has become the model for transforming not just business, but all spheres of life, where everyone from politicians to jobseekers to even those seeking love are expected to imitate the qualities of the lionized corporate executive.

But why, in the wake of the failings exposed by the 2008 financial crisis, does the corporate ideal continue to exert such a grip on popular attitudes? In this insightful new book, Peter Bloom and Carl Rhodes examine the rise of the CEO society, and how it has started to transform governments, culture, and the economy. This influence, they argue, holds troubling implications for the future of democracy—as evidenced by the disturbing political rise of Donald Trump in the United States—and for our society as a whole.
Review Quotes
André Spicer, author of Business Bullshit
“When the answer to any problem is sending a CEO to the rescue, we are in deep trouble. This smart and insightful book takes a look at the increasing veneration of CEOs, and the damage it is doing to our society.”
Barbara Czarniawska, author of Cyberfactories: How News Agencies Produce News
“In spite of the thorough and still growing critique of the leadership cult, CEOs proliferate in both private and public sectors. Let us hope that Bloom and Rhodes’s book will serve as an antidote to this worrisome trend.”
Nick Srnicek, coauthor of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
“Bloom and Rhodes skillfully follow the ideology of the CEO into every corner of our society, revealing its sources, its impacts, and the resistance it is generating. Highly recommended for anyone concerned with contemporary capitalism.”
Chris Land, Anglia Ruskin University
“Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the contemporary fetishization of corporate leadership. Rhodes and Bloom trace the rise of the cult of the CEO, mounting a strong defense of democracy in the face of this celebratory authoritarianism.”
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