By Greg Urban
President Theodore Roosevelt as soon as proclaimed, "Great companies exist merely simply because they're created and safeguarded by way of our associations, and it really is as a result our correct and responsibility to determine that they paintings in concord with these institutions." yet whereas businesses are ostensibly regulated via voters via their governments, the companies in flip keep an eye on many elements of social and political lifestyles for people past their very own staff and the groups that aid them. organizations are endowed with the various similar rights as voters, akin to freedom of speech, yet are usually not themselves commonly constituted round beliefs of nationwide belonging and democracy. within the wake of the worldwide monetary cave in of 2008, the query of what courting businesses must have to governing associations has purely elevated in urgency. As a democratically sanctioned social establishment, should still a company function basically towards revenue accumulation or should still its right target be to provision society with wanted items and services?
Corporations and Citizenship addresses the function of contemporary for-profit agencies as a particular form of social formation inside of democratic nationwide states. students of criminal experiences, company ethics, politics, background, and anthropology deliver their views to undergo on specific case stories, comparable to Enron and Wall road, in addition to broader problems with belonging, social accountability, for-profit greater schooling, and law. jointly, those essays determine a posh and precise knowing of the methods businesses give a contribution definitely to human healthiness in addition to the hazards that they pose.
Contributors: Joel Bakan, Jean Comaroff, John Comaroff, Cynthia Estlund, Louis Galambos, Rosalie Genova, Peter Gourevitch, Karen Ho, Nien-hê Hsieh, Walter Licht, Jonathan R. Macey, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Lynn Sharp Paine, Katharina Pistor, Amy J. Sepinwall, Jeffery Smith, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Greg Urban.
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