By Iain M. Banks
Kate Telman is a senior government officer within the company, a strong and hugely discreet transglobal corporation. Financially obvious, internally democratic and disavowing traditional familial inheritance, the nature of The enterprise turns out, even to Kate, to be obscure to the purpose of invisibility. It possesses, allegedly, a e-book of Leonardo cartoons, numerous units of Crown Jewels and needs to shop for its personal country on the way to gather a seat on the United international locations. Kate's task is to maintain abreast of present technological advancements and her international achieve encompasses Silicon Valley, a ranch in Nebraska, the firm's secretive Swiss headquarters, and a distant Himalayan principality. during her trip Kate needs to peel away layers of emotional insulation and the assumptions of a life-time. She needs to discover ways to hold her international at arm's size. To take keep an eye on, she has to do The company.
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Just as national economic management falls prey to the international demands of global finance, so city governments seek to attract ‘world class players’, sacrificing the wider and more balanced concerns of cities to the needs of the centre. In London this process has gone unchecked, especially since the removal by national government of local government (the Greater London Council). In London the case of Docklands is central to the analysis of global finance and the metropolis. Keith Cowlard (Chapter 9) shows that the links between trade, finance and transport came to an end in the late nineteenth century as the port of London lost its pivotal position as an entrepôt.