Apologies if this is similar to my previous post here (on corporate structure), but I think it's a distinct topic. I'm trying to suss out how a 'corporatocracy' (for the sake of discussion, can we take this to mean 'rule by businesses'?) would become established. Specifically, how a typical first-world capitalistic democracy could become corporatocratic over time. I suppose my view is that political decisions seem to always favour the bigwigs (at least in my own country; I imagine a certain amount of 'pissing in pockets' goes on), so this seems like an obvious conclusion (e.g. with privatisation, etc, maybe private business end up in control of the resources the government would need in order to effect policy, and take over?). But I'm sure democratic governments have policies in place to restrict the power big businesses could attain... I don't even know exactly where I'd be able to research such a topic. To the best of my knowledge, it's a theoretical model thus far (+/- a few scathing references made to exaggerate the flaws of current governance). It seems at a crossroads of politics, economics and business (I'm woefully ignorant in all 3 areas). Would 'political science' be the most relevant field? I can't even think of any fictional examples I've encountered that shed much light. Some works depict corporatocracies (e.g. Weyland-Yutani from the Alien franchise), but don't really go into the machinations thereof. Any suggestions appreciated!