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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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(p.161) Conclusion
Corporate Sovereignty

Joshua Barkan

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter reveals the invisible, unrecognized, and repressed logics that govern the understanding of corporate power in the present. It begins by discussing the position of law in the history of corporate sovereignty, followed by an analysis of the connection between the corporation’s powers and capitalist accumulation. As legal creations, law has been the primary mechanism for codifying corporate power in various iterations and for comprising a set of politico-legal arguments and concepts that transformed the religious image of the corporate body into the sacralized secular sovereign. The chapter concludes with suggestions on maintaining the corporation’s power to collectively improve life.

Keywords:   corporate power, corporate sovereignty, capitalist accumulation, politico-legal arguments, secular sovereign, corporate body, legal creations

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