The State of the Corporation: State, Ideology, Corporation

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    Today it has become commonplace to claim the demise of the power of the democratic nation-state due to globalization, neoliberal policies and the increasing power of transnational entities (UN, EU, IMF, WTO, World Bank) and multinational corporations. This view, however, prevalent in both public discourse and political debates, rests on a misguided conception of the state and on a sharp demarcation between the state and the corporation. This demarcation – between state and corporation and the political and the economic – is fundamental to the functioning of state power and to the existing political and economic power relations. This view is continually reinforced and perpetuated by the constant claims of the encroachment of economic interests on the political-democratic-sovereign state.
    This paper argues that there is no sharp demarcation between the political and the economic and the state and the corporation, seeing that the state is itself a corporate entity, albeit one which has achieved a privileged position in our political understanding as the repository of sovereignty and the sole legitimate claimant to political authority and allegiance. The state has throughout history governed social life and achieved central governmental aims through corporations, and corporations are therefore not something distinct from the political order, but constitute its very foundation. However, by perpetuating the language of the state – and the separation of the political and the economic and the state and the corporation – it upholds the very power and existence of the existing conditions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThe MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2016 - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Sept 20169 Sept 2016
    Conference number: 13


    ConferenceThe MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2016
    LocationUniversity of Manchester
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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    • State
    • Corporation
    • Ideology
    • Marx
    • Foucault
    • Agamben

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