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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme


    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Political Theory

H01(b) - Roundtable: Abraham Singer's, “The Form of the Firm”

Date: Jun 4 | Time: 08:45am to 10:15am | Location: SWING 409

Chair/Président/Présidente : Kiran Banerjee (University of Saskatchewan)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Abraham Singer (Loyola University Chicago)

Simone Chambers (University of California at Irvine)
Victor Muñiz-Fraticelli (McGill University)
Mara Marin (University of Victoria)

Abstract: What are we to make of the power that corporations wield over people in modern society? Is such power legitimate? Many think so. To them, firms are purely private and economic entities, which are justified in using all legal means to pursue profit. Others disagree. They see corporations as purely political institutions, which are created by states and are can only be legitimated if they are made to pursue social ends beyond profit. In The Form of the Firm, Abraham Singer contends that both of these influential approaches overstate their cases dramatically. He offers a third way that sees the corporation as being both economic and political. While it is true that corporations exist primarily to increase economic efficiency, they do this in ways that distinguish them from the markets in which they operate. Corporations are not natural outgrowths of the free market, but institutions that we have developed to correct market inefficiencies through mechanisms normally associated with politics –hierarchy, power, and state-sanctioned authority. Corporations serve economic ends, but through political means. Because of this, Singer argues that they also have an obligation to uphold the social and political values that enable their existence and smooth-running in the first place. The aim of this panel is not merely to have an “author meet critics” but to lay out thoughtful presentations on important ideas that the book touches on in order to generate a discussion on a crucial topic at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and economics.

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