Secret City

Salter, Lee and Chanan, Michael (2012) Secret City. [Video]

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London and the City of London are not the same place. London is a metropolis of 8 million people. The City of London is the famous square mile in the middle, with about 7,000 residents but many more businesses. A Corporation older than Parliament, the City of London has played a key historical role in protecting and promoting the interests of finance capital.

Secret City investigates the historical power wielded by the Corporation of London over British economic policy, through which it sustains London‘s prime position at the hub of global finance capital — not least through control of the majority of the world‘s tax havens.

The film exposes the Corporation‘s anti-democratic constitution, the ancient laws which allow it function as a state within a state, and what happens to those who oppose it.

Research questions:
What is the constitutional position of the City of London Corporation?
What are its relations to Parliament?
What are its relations to the historical growth of finance capitalism?
What are its impacts on the cultural life of London?
What is the historical role of the City of London in the World?
What impact does the City of London Corporation have on the world economy?
What are the historic and contemporary challenges to the City of London?

Item Type: Video
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Lee Salter
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 11:53
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 12:32
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