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Leveling mountains to define Corporate Liability

In the seminal 1909 case, New York Central R. Co. v. United States, 212 U.S. 481-499, the railroad argued that as a corporation it could not be held criminally liable for the unlawful acts (such as paying prohibited rebates to another company) … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance — for the society and the environment

Our societies are all scarred by Milton Friedman’s creed that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”; our economies are all wounded by corporations’ obsessive pursuit for short-term profit maximization; regrettably, we all pay the price of dodgy and excessive corporate … Continue reading

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The darkness of corporate enlightenment

James Doolin, “Study for Corporate Rise“, 1986 (oil on canvas) *** Join the Economic Sociology and Political Economy community through Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google+ / Instagram / Reddit / Tumblr

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The European corporate elite on trial: the foundation of the Eurozone and the navigation of its crisis

“Europe’s industrial bosses oscillate between fear, anger and disbelief…. Company bosses long to yell “You’re fired!” at any number of European politicians… But a majority of Europe’s businesspeople definitely wants politicians to do more to hold the euro zone together.” (The … Continue reading

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Are we the 99%? The corporatization of activism and cooptation of social protests

Mass struggles and civil unrest have raged since the 2008 financial crisis. Across the world students, workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets fighting for social justice and against neoliberal austerity or state repressions. Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism by Peter Dauvergne and Genevieve LeBaron, … Continue reading

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The political economy of pharmaceutical industry and healthcare in developing countries

Do economic development and growth more or less automatically bring with them better medical care to the population of a country? Well, it is generally presumed they do. This assumption is also a core part of a neoliberal globalism fairy … Continue reading

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What is financialization? Marxism, Post-Keynesianism and Economic Sociology’s complementary theorizing

The economic crisis erupted in 2007-2008, commonly known around the world as the Global Financial Crisis and in the US as the Great Recession, highlighted – for those who deliberately or unintentionally have in recent years overlooked – the ascendancy of finance, a … Continue reading

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History of Profit in the US: Corporations, Accounting and Capital

The case of The United Steel Workers of America v. The United States Steel Corporation (1980) concerned the closing of two steel mills in Ohio. The steelworkers claimed U.S. Steel had promised to keep the two mills open so long … Continue reading

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Tax breaks for corporations, low-paying jobs and higher taxes for you: a sketch from “Roseanne”

A classic pungent scene from the 1990’s sitcom Roseanne (1 min 40 sec)

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Those carefree holidays…

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Why the East India Company became the most powerful business‬ in history? Because it granted its employees the right to pursue their own commercial interests

Exploring trade network dynamics, decision-making processes and organizational context, in an extraordinary Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, 1600–1757 Emily Erikson (Yale University) demonstrates why the English East India Company was a dominant force in the … Continue reading

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Corporate central planning and American industrialization

The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914 shows that the giant corporations that dominated the American economy through the 20th century were, first and foremost, unprecedented examples of successful, consensual central planning at a very large scale. Richard Adelstein’s … Continue reading

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“The Supranational Corporation: Beyond the Multinationals” shows how corporations flaunt laws and act as controlling powers beyond the legal national constraints

This book by Laura Westra  lays bare corporate actions both domestic and international, under the guise of legal “personhood” that has granted corporations increasing power. As a result, corporate decisions undermine and even nullify legal decisions made by governments designed … Continue reading

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“Anti-Corporate Movements and the Spread of Cooperative Forms in American Capitalism” by Marc Schneiberg

This interesting  (open access) paper sheds new light on the contentious transactions between movements, corporations and non-governmental organizations, expanding existing work on the trajectories, tactics and organizational effects of anti-corporate movements. Addressing the spread of cooperatives in the early 20th-century US economy, this … Continue reading

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Corporate‬ density is especially potent for the growth of ‪elite‬-oriented nonprofits—but not social welfare nonprofits—when local networks and cultural norms support elite mobilization

In “Golfing Alone? Corporations, Elites, and Nonprofit Growth in 100 American Communities” (open access) Christopher Marquis, Gerald F. Davis & Mary Ann Glynn examine the link between corporations and community by showing how corporate density interacts with the local social … Continue reading

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