Who owns and controls companies? This might seem like a simple, even inane, question but it actually goes to the heart of some of the biggest social and economic ills in modern society: money laundering; tax evasion; arms deals; corruption - join hosts Thom Townsend and Bridey Addison-Child as they explore how shell companies and the offshore world intersect with these issues, asking where power really lies, and how we can hold it to account.
The systems of offshore finance might seem like the remit of far flung exotic islands - but they are actually embedded deeply into our lives and woven through our everyday economy. This episode explores how and why that is, looking at the history of the offshore system and explaining why offshore is the biggest driver of wealth inequality in modern society. Featuring an interview with Professor Ronen Palan, Professor of International Political Economy at City University, London.
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This podcast is produced by Bridey Addison-Child for Open Ownership.
Co-hosting by Thom Townsend. Additional production by Victor Ponsford.
Our artwork is by Georgia Latham.
The Panama Papers was the biggest data leak in history. It exposed the underbelly of the shady world of offshore finance and revealed the extent to which the elite use anonymous companies to move and hide wealth.
In this episode, we explore the story of the data leak, hearing from Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Frederik Obermaier - one of the journalists behind the Panama Papers. We also explain the core issue of ‘beneficial ownership transparency’ and explore how a simple policy change could hold the key to fixing some of the biggest social and economic ills we face in modern society.
This podcast is hosted and produced by Bridey Addison-Child for Open Ownership
Co-host: Thom Townsend
Co-producer: Victor Ponsford
Our artwork is by Georgia Latham
Reading and Resources list:
Who owns and controls companies? This might seem like a simple, even inane question, but it actually goes to the heart of some of the biggest social and economic ills in modern society.
In this new podcast, produced by Open Ownership, we'll be delving behind the headlines, exploring the latest legislation, and hearing from experts, to find where power really lies, and how we can hold it to account.
Subscribe now for Episode 1, which will be looking at one of the biggest data leaks in journalistic history - The Panama Papers.