Because of the potential ease with which transnational corporations can relocate, there has been a tendency for many governments to avoid direct attempts to intervene in their activities. Nonetheless, the major economies have adopted a wide range of policies towards transnational corporations. Some (Japan and France in particular) have been very concerned by the impact of such firms. Others (most notably Britain) have had a relatively relaxed attitude. This book offers a unique account of policy towards transnational over the last thirty years or so. It features: detailed, up-to-date accounts of policy in Japan, France, Germany, the United States and Britain; the role of organisations other than governments, including trade unions, business and opposition parties; summaries of which issues have most concerned which countries; overall characterisations of each country's policy stance.
The result will appeal to those interested in industrial economics, international business, global political economy, and international law.