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Superclass (book)

Author David Rothkopf
Country United States
Language English
Genre Politics, Globalization, Global governance
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (U.S.) & Little, Brown (UK)
Publication date
2008 (U.S.) & 2008 (UK)
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) also Audio book
Pages 376 p. (US hardback edition) & 400 p. (UK hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-374-27210-7 (US hardback edition), ISBN 1-4087-0109-X (UK hardback edition)
OCLC 166378239
305.5/2 22
LC Class HM1263 .R68 2008
Preceded by Running the World
Followed by ...

Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making is a controversial book about global governance by American author David Rothkopf, released in March 2008 by publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book claims that the world population of 6 billion people is subject to the immense influence of an elite (i.e. The Superclass) of six thousand individuals.

Until the late 20th century, governments of the great powers provided most of the superclass, accompanied by a few heads of international movements (i.e., the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church) and entrepreneurs (Rothschilds, Rockefellers). According to Rothkopf, in the early 21st century, economic clout — fueled by the explosive expansion of international trade, travel and communication — rules. Further, the nation-state's power has diminished shrinking politicians to minority power broker status. Leaders in international business, finance and the defense industry not only dominate the superclass, they move freely into high positions in their nations' governments and back to private life largely beyond the notice of elected legislatures (including the U.S. Congress), which remain abysmally ignorant of affairs beyond their borders. He proposes that the superclass' disproportionate influence over national policy is constructive but always self-interested, and that across the world, few object to corruption and oppressive governments provided they can do business in these countries.

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  • Book review by Laura Miller (

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