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Private Property and Political Power

Michael Bennett

​I am a postdoctoral fellow working in political theory/philosophy, in the interdisciplinary tradition of politics, philosophy and economics. My part of this project project focuses on business corporations. I am investigating the idea of market competition as a device to keep corporations accountable to the public good. I am also interested in other proposals to keep corporations accountable, for example by cultivating countervailing forces such as labour unions.

In 2017, I completed my PhD at the University of York, entitled, “Democracy and its Relationship with the Market: Impartial Instrumentalism in Politics and Constitutional Design.” I develop an epistemic justification of democracy, and look at how markets pose a challenge to democracy justified in these terms. My supervisors were Martin O’Neill and Matthew Festenstein, and my external examiner was Albert Weale.

In 2015, I was a visiting student at the University of Arizona, sponsored by Thomas Christiano. Before that, I did an MSc in Political Theory at Oxford University, and (some years before) a BA in History at Oxford.

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m.p.b.bennett@uu.nl