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‘It’s not me, it’s the corporation’: the value of corporate accountability in the global political economy

Baars, G. (2016). ‘It’s not me, it’s the corporation’: the value of corporate accountability in the global political economy. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 127-163. doi: 10.1093/lril/lrw008

Abstract

‘Corporate accountability’ legitimises and thus reinforces the current system of surplus value extraction. Accountability struggles effectively to reduce corporate capitalism’s violence to the good corporate citizen’s occasional ‘wrongdoing’, which becomes a calculable risk capable of being exchanged—signifying ‘planned impunity’. Corporate accountability, though a seemingly emancipatory process, thus exemplifies law’s constitutive role in capitalism and the need to move beyond law for emancipation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in London Review of International Law following peer review. The version of record Baars, G. (2016). ‘It’s not me, it’s the corporation’: the value of corporate accountability in the global political economy. London Review of International Law, 4(1), pp. 127-163., will is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lril/lrw008
Publisher Keywords: Marxist legal theory; Corporate accountability; The corporation; cause lawyering
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13254
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