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The Business Corporation as a Political Actor

Work in Progress: Tully Rector

Freedom is mediated through institutions, and the corporate form is often legitimated on those grounds, as enacting or embodying free economic agency. I’m still refining a paper on this broad question, looking specifically at the multinational, and the system of production it superintends: does it promote or undermine the equal freedom of political communities? Another paper in the works concerns the varieties of economic value—the different contours it can have—and the importance of those differences for understanding and appraising corporate conduct, both empirically (what they actually do) and formally (the structure of group agency they exhibit).