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Corporate SovereigntyLaw and Government under Capitalism$
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Joshua Barkan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674268

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674268.001.0001

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Corporate Sovereignty

Joshua Barkan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter covers the discourses of corporate social responsibility and citizenship as relatively “deterritorialized” and “non-legal” responses to problems of corporate regulation. It explores two different formulations of responsibility in corporate regulation. The first formulation focuses on responsibility in the context of U.S.-based legal debates over the social and political effects of economic concentration, while the second formulation considers attempts to make transnational corporations behave responsibly through international legal frameworks and voluntary agreements. The chapter concludes with a description of Stephen Hymer’s lecture regarding the inability of private multinational capitalism to provide a world of peace and prosperity.

Keywords:   corporate social responsibility, corporate regulation, economic concentration, transnational corporations, voluntary agreements, Stephen Hymer

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