1 Introduction. The Brandt Commission and the Multinationals: Two Planetary Perspectives and the Great Transformation in the 1970s and 1980s

The rationale and the world stage

The actors on the world stage: The Brandt commission

The backstage distorters of development: The multinationals and their planetary vision

The planetary perspective

2 Development vs. Dependency

Decolonisation, the Third World, and UNCTAD

Development and the concept of underdevelopment

The liberal development approach

The neo-Marxist dependence approach

At the crossroads

3 Distorters of Development: The Multinational Corporations

The agents of change

Distorters of development


The UN as an arena

Flower season

4 The G77 and the NIEO: The Contours of a New World Order

The oil and the power and powerlessness of the poor

The new international economic order

The limits to growth and reshaping the international order: Arguments for one world

The Lomé Convention

The reactions to the NIEO in the North, and the North/South “Dialogue” in Paris

The ambiguities of the NIEO

5 The Great Transformation of the 1970s and 1980s

The great transformation between 1965 and 1990

Reconceptualisation for a new trade regime

The reconceptualisation and reorganisation of labour markets

The dollar and the unfettering of monetary and financial markets

The trilateral commission and the road to low-intensity democracy

6 A Commission Against World Poverty

The origin

Convincing the Third World

The commission and its secretariat

7 A Commission for a New World Order

Work on the idea

The first commission crisis

Consolidation and conflict lines

The second commission crisis

Completing the report

8 Proposal for a New Keynesian World Order but Where Are the Multinationals?

A programme for survival

A programme for survival of who?

The reception

The Brandt Report in its time

9 Cancún: From Utopia to Apology. The Opening towards a Neoliberal Global Market Order

Towards Cancún


Report 2: Common crisis

From Utopia to apology

10 The Follow-up Commissions for Planetary Policies and the Final Farce

The follow-up commissions

The Palme Commission

The Brundtland Commission

UNCED 1992 and Agenda 21

The Report of the socialist international: Global challenge

Julius Nyerere's South commission

The Carlsson-Ramphal Commission on global governance

The UN millennium development goals

The second Brandt: The neoliberal counterpoint as the final farce

The Brandt equation

11 The Brandt Commission and the Global Corporations Today

The contentious construction of the future: Futurologists, futurists, metaplanners, and Interfutures

The Brandt commission's vision of the future

The global corporations' vision of the future


The continued relevance of Brandt

The question of how to monitor capitalism for the good of planetary cohabitation

12 Planetary Perspectives: One World to Share. An Interview with Shridath Ramphal