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Private Property and Political Power


27 November 2018
13:30 - 15:00
Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht

The Political Corporation: Roundtable discussion

Corporations usually present themselves as private actors performing an indispensable economic role. However, we also know that they like to influence governments: companies are estimated to have spent around 1.7 billion euros lobbying EU institutions in 2016.  Increasingly, they also behave like governments, with tech firms like Facebook making decisions about free speech and privacy.

This event brings together a lawyer, a social scientist and a philosopher for an interdisciplinary round-table discussion on the politics of the corporation. Is corporate law the product of economic necessity or political power? Are workers subject to the power of their bosses like citizens are subject to the power of the state? Should businesses engage in politics responsibly, or keep out?

Paddy Ireland, Professor of Law, University of Bristol

Isabelle Ferreras, Professor of Sociology, Université catholique de Louvain

Christian Neuhäuser, Professor of Political Philosophy, TU Dortmund

Lunch provided

Please email L.vanKreij@uu.nl to register