WHEN in the future historians examine the second half of the twentieth century, they will no doubt identify the accelerated inter-nationalization of production as a landmark comparable with the Industrial Revolution. In this process multinational enterprises have been leading actors in the past twenty-five years and are certain to continue to be so in the next quarter-century. In 1975 the sales of the Western multinational corporations represented one-fifth of the Gross National Product of all capitalist countries. If their growth is maintained at the same rate as over the period 195o-75, by the end of the century this share will be nearly one-half and the whole capitalist economy may very well be dominated by some 200 giant corporations of which three-quarters may be American-based.

chapter 1|17 pages

The Traditional Mutual Prejudice

chapter 2|31 pages

The Expedient Turn to Collaboration

chapter 3|17 pages


chapter 4|13 pages


chapter 5|22 pages

Industrial Co-operation

chapter 6|14 pages

Joint Ventures

chapter 7|20 pages


chapter 8|25 pages

Socialist-owned Multinationals

chapter 9|16 pages

Conflicts and Safeguards

chapter 10|20 pages

Ideology, Technology, Economic Common Sense