Constructing a Corporate Society: Shaping Knowledge, Identities, and Values to Facilitate the Emergence of Corporate Power

  • Patrick O’Keeffe


Throughout this work, I aim to understand how the Australian wheat industry came to be deregulated, and what the outcomes of this policy shift have been. This policy shift was engineered as part of a broader restructuring of Australian society, which necessitated the reconstruction of knowledge, policy values, and identities to accord with the rationality of markets, competition, efficiency, and individualism. Governmental technologies, such as audit, performance objectives, cost-benefit analysis, and quantification have been used to construct a governable society, according to these rationalities. This process has shifted power towards private interests such as institutional investors and corporations. I use this chapter as a conclusion to this book, by drawing upon the research articulated in the preceding chapters to propose what this work reveals about the restructuring of Australian society, economy and agriculture, and how power has been shifted from citizens and “the public”, towards consumers and corporations.


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  • Patrick O’Keeffe
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  1. 1.School of Global, Urban & Social StudiesRoyal Melbourne Institute of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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