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What is the Bilderberg Group?

The Bilderberg Group meets annually amid conditions of great secrecy and consists, by invitation, of members of the world's political and business elite. It is one of a number of important and exclusive talking shops for global elites; and whilst there is a dearth of serious academic material published on the group it has become a source of great interest to conspiracy theorists.

Bilderberg People challenges a number of theories that surround the group - while at the same time identifying the significant role it has played, and continues to play, in world affairs. It addresses critical questions related to the nature of such activity and, importantly, identifies the sources of bias that exist at its heart. It demonstrates the extremely discreet manner in which opinions are shaped, consensuses formed and ideas disseminated.

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"To suggest that they are consciously coming together to agree on objectives to change the world is wrong...They do change the world, but they oftentimes don't even know it themselves."

 - Ian Richardson, (co-author of Bilderberg People) interviewed in The Local

Bilderberg, the the most pre-eminent elite network of all, is noted for its privacy and self-conscious avoidance of publicity.

From the introduction:

Bilderberg has been an undeniable presence in transatlantic relations since the mid-1950s. Its attendees represent a select network of individuals drawn from the business, financial, and political elites of the United States and Western Europe. Its conference of 120 or so of the most powerful people in the world gathers annually with no public record of its discussions, a conspicuous absence of media coverage, participants who refuse to be drawn into discussing the event, and policymakers who frequently deny attendance
– a combination of factors that has led to an almost cult-like interest in the group. Many observers believe it to be intent on the creation of a new world order, and it has been variously described as a modern-day incarnation of the Illuminati, a global socialist conspiracy, a CIA plot, a mechanism for transmitting neoliberal hegemony and, in an extreme case, the vanguard of an alien conspiracy to take over the world. But, leaving aside the rather absurd suggestion of an alien conspiracy, does it resemble any of these things or is it something altogether different? What do its attendees think? How does Bilderberg fit into a global depiction of elite network activity? How does it compare with other elite groups and networks? Is there a pecking order? Do they do different things? Why do people attend? What do they take away? Is power a feature of elite interactions, or is consensus formation a more fitting description of such activity? Is there a function, or is it just, in the words of one attendee, “a gang of high-profile people meeting together and
having a chat”? Focused on subtle dynamics of power and consensus in the transnational elite community, Bilderberg People provides insights into these questions and many more.


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    Elite Power and Consensus in World Affairs

    By Ian Richardson, Andrew Kakabadse, Nada Kakabadse

    Bilderberg People explores the hidden mechanisms of influence at work in the private world, and personal interactions, of the transnational power elite. It is not concerned with conspiracy theories; instead it is about certain fundamental forces that shape the world in which we live. These forces,...

    Published June 19th 2011 by Routledge