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The Business Corporation as a Political Actor


New MOOC on inequality and democracy

Most countries are getting more and more unequal. But the core of democracy is political equality: that everyone should have an equal say in how their country is run. Can we really expect these things to go together? Can people have equal political power while economic inequality grows and grows? Join the MOOC ‘Inequality and democracy ’ on Coursera and decide for yourself.


You’ll learn about:

•          The rise of economic inequality

•          Property rights and the corporation

•          Democracy: Its value and history

•          Campaign finance and lobbying

•          Tax avoidance and capital flight

•          Alternatives to our economic system

This is an interdisciplinary course combining:

•          Politics

•          Philosophy

•          Economics

•          History

•          Law

The course is for anyone looking for an accessible introduction to these topics. You might a concerned citizen, or someone who works in a field like politics, media, education, government or law. The difficulty level is similar to the first-year of an undergraduate degree. No prior knowledge is assumed.

The course will start in February 10, 2020 and will run for six weeks. Prof Rutger Claassenis the course instructor. Claassen is a professor of Political Philosophy & Economic Ethics at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University. Yara Al SalmanMSc and Michael Bennettwill be involved as instructors of the course.