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WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? 

DEMOLISHES THE STATIST/NEOLIBERAL DICHOTOMY
 

Professor Sir John Kay

London School of Economics and Political Science. Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford

“A major contribution to the emerging literature on the future of capitalism. Joe Zammit-Lucia shows how business and markets necessarily operate within a social and political context - and demolishes the statist/neo-liberal dichotomy.” 

 A BOOK FOR OUR TIMES

Renaud Girard

Grand Reporter and Foreign Affairs Columnist, Le Figaro. Professor of International Strategy, Sciences Po, Paris, France

“The New Political Capitalism is a book for our times Never in our contemporary history have the links between the world of business and the political environment been so close. This is the case in our democratic Western societies, but also in the Eastern autocracies.

In France, we have seen a young man, Emmanuel Macron, move directly from an investment bank to the state palace of the Elysée, first as deputy secretary general in charge of the economy, then as president.

What we needed was a comprehensive framework for the links between politics and business to give us a better understanding of the world around us. As an enlightened observer of the world of politics as well as business, Joe Zammit-Lucia gives us a landmark book. I advise all those interested in political science to read it.”

ESSENTIAL READING FOR ALL WHO ARE SEEKING TO BUILD MORE RESILIENT SOCIETIES

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Prime Minister of Denmark,
2011-2015. Member, European Council on Foreign Relations. Board Member, Vestas Wind Systems A/S

“In The New Political Capitalism Joe Zammit-Lucia explains why the currently dysfunctional relationship between politics and business is holding us back. From the climate crisis to growing inequality to supply chain disruption, none of the complex, multi-faceted challenges that the world currently faces can be addressed by politics or business acting alone - the two must work in partnership. The New Political Capitalism is essential reading for all who are seeking to build more resilient societies based on better political and better
business cultures.”   

I HEARD SOME OF MY OWN FRUSTRATED COMMENTS MIRRORED
IN THE SCRIPTS

Gail Klintworth

Inter alia Board Chair, Globescan, Toronto, Canada and Chair, Board of Trustees, The Shell Foundation. Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever 2012-2015

“Timely, highly relevant, insightful, useful and readable are the words that come to mind as I read The New Political Capitalism.

 

I heard some of my own frustrated comments mirrored in the scripts.  Getting to win-win with other sector partners is hard work and I so enjoyed the many examples Joe uses to illustrate the simultaneously connected yet disconnected realities that business and politics need to navigate together. Building trust and this win-win muscle is essential if we are to address the societal challenges and business opportunities that are so often two sides of the same coin.”

REQUIRED READING FOR ALL SENIOR EXECUTIVES

Dr Lynn Phillips

Faculty Member and Professor of Marketing, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1983-1996. Managing Director, Reinventures. California.

“This book’s insights on the changing competitive landscape should be required reading for all senior executives facing a new-game environment in which the model for customer value creation is changing—a scenario facing virtually all industry sectors today.

 

Joe Zammit-Lucia has consistently been one of the most astute observers and predictors of the core issues senior executives must master.

 

This book is a must read to understand why some companies are leaders and others laggards in leading the customer experience revolution.

AN IMPRESSIVE ANALYSIS

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, 2010-2015. Professor in Practice, London School of Economics and Political Science. Former Chief Economist, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

“Those of us who have spent time in the worlds of politics and business often struggle to define the differences and overlaps between the two.
Joe Zammit-Lucia’s book is an impressive analysis of that relationship. 

The book is well written and the author, as both a successful entrepreneur and deep thinker, has many important insights. Business schools, in particular, will benefit from this analysis of the politicized environment within which business currently operates.”

EXAMINES THE INTRICACIES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

William H Janeway

Managing Director, Warburg Pincus Private Equity, New York; Faculty Member, University of Cambridge; Member, Board of Governors of the Institute for New Economic Thinking

“The New Political Capitalism identifies and explores the crucial, necessarily interdependent relationship between business and government. 
 

The simplistic elevation to dominance of de-regulated, financialized markets generated the Global Financial Crisis and the populist threats to the democratic order that followed. Now Joe Zammit-Lucia examines the intricacies of political economy in the digital age.

The New Political Capitalism is an essential guide for establishing a stable and sustainable future out of the incoherent chaos that surrounds us.”   

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CAPTURES A SEISMIC CHANGE IN THE RELATIONS BETWEEN POLITICS AND BUSINESS.

Leon Wansleben

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Germany

“Joe brings together a rare combination of strengths: He has a nose for new trends; he is a critical thinker; and his writings are lucid and with wit. The New Political Capitalism reflects all these strengths.

 

The book captures a seismic change in the relations between politics and business. The reinvigorated force of geopolitics, the failings of neoliberalism, and a quest for identity during uncertain times have inaugurated the primacy of politics, in small and large.

 

Joe captures this trend, illustrates it with examples from the corporate world, and indicates how we can make the best out of it. Spoiler alert: The answer can neither be to go back to “we just make money”, nor should we fuel the quest for belonging with superficial marketing tricks.

 

Joe’s book rather challenges corporations to think of themselves as truly social and political actors.”