Workshop: Exploring the Corporation In and Through History

October 5-6, 2018 | Northeastern University School of Law

Program

Friday, October 5, 2018

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:30 - 1:20 p.m. 

Opening Reflections

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

CORPERATIONS AND GOVERNANCE

A. Richard Sylla, US Securities Markets and the BankingSystem, 1790 – 1840, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OFST. LOUIS REVIEW, May/June 1998, pp. 83-98.

B. RICHARD ERICSON, DEAN BARRY AND AARON DOYLE ,Chapter 2, Insurance as Governance in INSURANCEAS GOVERNANCE (2003), pp. 43-65.
C. Franklin Gevurtz, The Historical and Political Origins of the Corporate Board of Directors, 33 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 89(2004), we will focus on extracts: pp. 90-92; 108-129; 167-173.
D. Harold Demsetz, The Theory of the Firm Revisited inTHE NATURE OF THE FIRM: ORIGINS, EVOLUTION, AND DEVELOPMENT (O. Williamson and S. Winter, eds.) (1993), pp. 159-175.

3:30 p.m. 

Coffee

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

2. CORPORATIONS AND EMPIRE

A. Emily Erikson and Valentina Assenova, Introduction:New Forms of Organization and the Coordination of Politicaland Commercial Actors in Chartering Capitalism:Organizing Markets, States, and Publics, 9 POLITICALPOWER AND SOCIAL THEORY 1 (2015), pp. 1-13.
B. Philip Stern, The English East India Company and the Modern Corporation: Legacies, Lessons, and Limitations, 39(2)SEATTLE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 423 (2016), pp. 423-444.
C. Thomas A. Brady, Jr., The Rise of Merchant Empires,1400-1700: A European Counterpoint in THE POLITICALECONOMY OF MERCHANT EMPIRES (J. Tracy, ed.) (1991), pp. 117-160.
D. Fernando Coronil, Chapter 2: The Nation’s Two Bodies in MAGICAL STATE: NATURE, MONEY, AND MODERNITY INVENEZUELA (1997), we will focus on extracts: pp. 67-68;75-111.
E. Ritu Birla, Maine (and Weber) Against the Grain: Toward sa Postcolonial Genealogy of the Corporate Person,40 JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIETY 92 (2013), pp. 92-114.

6:15 p.m. 

Drinks/Pause

7:30 p.m. 

Dinner, Museum of Fine Arts, Private Room

Saturday, October 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

3. CORPORATE FORM AND RESPONSIBILITY

A. David Ciepley, Is the U.S. Government a Corporation? The Corporate Origins of Modern Constitutionalism, 111(2) AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW 418 (2017), pp. 418-435.
B. Adam Winkler, Citizens United, Personhood, and the Corporation in Politics in CORPORATIONS AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (N. Lamoreaux & W. Novak, eds.) (2017), pp. 359-387.
C. DAVID RUNCIMAN, Chapter 3, Gierke and the Genossenschaft in PLURALISM AND THE PERSONALITY OF THE STATE (2009), pp. 34-63.
D. Barbara Johnson, Anthropomorphism in Lyric and Law, 10 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & THE HUMANITIES 549 (1998), pp. 549-574.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

4. CORPORATIONS TODAY

A. Ruth H. Block and Naomi R. Lamoreaux, Corporations and the Fourteenth Amendment in CORPORATIONS AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY (N. Lamoreaux & W. Novak, eds.) (2017), pp. 286-325.
B. Joshua Barkan, Introduction in CORPORATE SOVEREIGNTY: LAW AND GOVERNMENT UNDER CAPITALISM (2013), 1-18.
C. Dinah Rajak, Corporate Memory: Historical Revisionism, Legitimation and the Invention of Tradition in a Multinational Mining Company, 37(2) POLITICAL AND LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY REVIEW 205 (2014), pp. 205-382.
D. SCOTT R. BOWMAN, Chapter 7: Looking Backward to the Future of Transnational Corporate Power in THE MODERN CORPORATION AND AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (1996), pp. 286-305. Additional reading if you can get it:
E. Julio Cortazar’s FANTOMAS VERSUS THE MULTINATIONAL VAMPIRES, AN ATTAINABLE UTOPIA, recently translated and published edition from Semiotext(e) (2014). Not in dropbox – available in paperback.

1:00 p.m.

Lunch available

1:30 p.m. 

Closing Discussion and Reflections

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