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WRR Working Paper: ‘The legitimacy of corporations in a liberal democracy’

In the new Working Paper The legitimacy of corporations in a liberal democracy, Prof. Rutger Claassen discusses the nature and role of corporations from several political-thepretical perspectives. These perspectives each contain their own understanding of the societal function of corporations and offer different starting points for policy reform. The Working Paper is written in the context…

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Call for Papers: MANCEPT Workshop – Political Theory of the Business Corporation

Call for Papers – MANCEPT Workshops 2021 Political Theory of the Business Corporation Conveners: Chi Kwok Rutger Claassen Tully Rector As the power of large business corporations like Google, Walmart, and Shell increasingly appears to threaten liberal democracy, political theorists have begun to theorize the role of the business firm in democratic societies. This recent…

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Spring Series Online: recordings and reports

04/02/2021 Seminar I: Political Theory of the Corporation 04/03/2021 Seminar II: Corporate Governance 01/04/2021 Seminar III: Corporations and Capitalism 28/04/2021 Seminar IV: Corporate Finance and the Corporation 03/06/2021 Seminar V: Comparative Political Theory of the Corporation

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Financieel Dagblad: ‘Het neoliberalisme gaat op de schop, zeggen politici in verkiezingsstrijd’

In hun artikel ‘Het neoliberalisme gaat op de schop‘ (Financieel Dagblad, 6 maart 2021) bespreken Anna Dijkman en Jean Dohmen de ‘zwaai naar links’ die politici dit verkiezingsjaar collectief op sociaal-economisch gebied lijken te maken. Niet alleen linkse partijen als SP en GroenLinks, maar ook van origine rechtse partijen als VVD en CDA pleiten voor…

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Podcast: ‘The Revolution Continues with Rutger Claassen Radically Rethinking Freedom, Justice and Property’

Prof. Rutger Claassen appeared as a guest on the Another World is Podable podcast, in which the host prof. Peter Bloom aims to ‘explore the most radical social experiments and ideas today’. In the podcast, they discuss what Claassen, in his most recent book Capabilities in a Just Society: A Theory of Naviational Agency, has introduced…

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Hoe kunnen we de economie crisisbestendiger maken?

Goed geld verdienen – Tegenlicht meet up Utrecht live. Bron: Youtube Prof. dr. Rutger Claassen (Ethiek Instituut ) was te gast bij de Goed geld verdienen meet-up van VPRO Tegenlicht om op zoek te gaan naar nieuwe bedrijfsmodellen die de economie crisisbestendig(er) maken. Claassen stelt dat er door de tijd heen verschillende visies op bedrijven en bedrijfsmodellen zijn geweest….

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Ethical annotation about the ‘one-and-a-half meter society

In the middle of March we were suddenly no longer allowed to visit our parents in the nursing home. Churches, concert halls and gyms closed their doors and parents had to teach their children at home. But were (and are) the restrictions also justified? The term ‘intelligent lockdown’ called for by Prime Minister Rutte has…

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Private eigendom, publieke macht

Op 9 december 2019 gaf prof. dr. Rutger Claassen (Filosofie en Religiewetenschap) zijn oratie bij zijn benoeming tot hoogleraar Politieke Filosofie en Economische Ethiek. Recentelijk is deze oratie gepubliceerd bij Boom uitgevers Den Haag. Privaat vs. publiek Van oudsher proberen liberaal-democratische samenlevingen private en publieke sferen gescheiden te houden. Individuen en bedrijven kunnen privaat handelen op de markt, winst maken…

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ERC Consolidator Grant for Rutger Claassen: research into the political role of corporations.

Companies are being regulated by politics, but they also shape the political arena themselves, whenever they influence politicians and political parties. Moreover, companies fulfill public functions such as providing public goods, regulating their own business activities, or addressing societal problems, like environmental harms. Mixture of public and private Can such a mixture of private activity…

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