Notice of New Publication — Grietje Baars’ The Corporation, Law, and Capitalism

Grietje Baars, Senior Lecturer in Law at City, University of London, has published The Corporation, Law and Capitalism: A Radical Perspective on the Role of Law in the Global Political Economy with Brill. Information regarding the book is available here. The abstract is as follows:

In The Corporation, Law and Capitalism, Baars offers a radical Marxist perspective on the role of law in the global political economy. Closing a major gap in historical-materialist scholarship, they demonstrate how the corporation, capitalism’s main engine from city-state and colonial times to the present multinational, is a masterpiece of legal technology. The symbiosis between law and capital becomes acutely apparent in the question of “corporate accountability”. Baars provides a detailed analysis of corporate human rights and war crimes trials, from the Nuremberg industrialists’ trials to current efforts. The book shows that precisely because of law’s relationship to capital, law cannot prevent or remedy the “externalities” produced by corporate capitalism. This realisation will generate the space required to formulate a different answer to “the question of the corporation”, and to global corporate capitalism more broadly, outside of the law.