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Robert A.G. Monks
Pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser, Robert AG Monks, has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, government capture, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues.

His most recent book is Citizens DisUnited: passive Investors, Drone CEOs and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream. He is also the author of Corpocracy, Corporate Governance (with Nell Minow), Power & Accountability (with Nell Minow), Watching the Watchers, The New Global Investors, The Emperor's Nightingale, and Corporate Valuation (with Alexandra Lajoux).

Mr. Monks is an expert on retirement and pension plans and was appointed director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System. Mr. Monks served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system.

Mr. Monks was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), now the leading corporate governance consulting firm. He also founded Lens Governance Advisers and co-founded The Corporate Library (now Governance Metrics International). He is a shareholder in and advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company.

Mr. Monks was a featured part of the documentary film, The Corporation, and was the subject of the biography, A Traitor to His Class by Hilary Rosenberg.

Entries by Robert A.G. Monks

Obamacare: The Question We Really Should Be Asking

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:34 PM

I remember how difficult it was to pass Medicare back in the sixties (see also). Now many consider this a basic government service meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of citizens. The fact that Obama got any kind of healthcare billed passed when Lyndon Johnson...

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The Corporate Voice Is Louder Than Your Voice

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Capture is the power to direct the agenda and the allocation of resources of government. In the case of corporate capture, it is corporations directing the agenda. We all know there is too much corporate involvement in Washington. Too many lobbyists and too many subsidies and tax breaks for big...

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For the Public Good? Nonprofits and Political Donations

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:24 PM

What is a charity? In general, we think of it as an organization that does something to further the public good, doesn't make a profit and is tax-exempt. We feel good about giving to them because they help people or do something good for society. But charities and nonprofits are...

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A Sour Apple

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Apple is one of America's favorite companies. Consumers love their products and true Apple devotees are a loyal bunch. That's why news of Apple's off-shore profits and tax avoidance made big headlines. "Apple Avoided Taxes on Overseas Billions," wrote the Wall Street Journal on May 20. But is...

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Raising Ugly Questions About Privatization

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 10:20 AM

I finally read Rachel Maddow's really interesting book called Drift, and in it she analyzes how easy it has become for America to go to war. And one of the primary elements of this -- and this overlaps with my own thinking -- is that by allowing corporations...

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Will the SEC Push Back?

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 6:00 PM

When Big Business brings an elephant to squash a mouse, it's a safe bet money is involved -- lots of it. That's certainly the case with the current effort by the Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to force proxy advisory services under the regulatory authority of the Securities...

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